Jul 31

July 2018

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 1:03 AM by Craig Johnson

“What’s New in County 22?”

It seems a lot of the time when people ask me what is going on at our office I usually say we are busy.  This time I would have to say we have been really, really, busy. Every weekend it seems there are multiple events going on.  We usually start the summer out with Strawberry Days and helping with all the city summer events, directing traffic for tractorcades, motorcycle rides or rallies, car cruises, etc., while still responding to calls and car accidents.  I normally have the patrol deputies pay special attention to the areas where the events are taking place during the evening, in case city officers need back up.

Drivers need to slow down and pass with care when they approach a Tractorcade.  These vehicles are driving probably half the speed you are on the highway, and you do not want to run into the back of one.  They should have a SMV “slow moving vehicle” sign on the back to alert you they are there.  Most of the Tractorcades I have gotten behind will pull over for you on the straight stretches of road so you can pass safely.  Please do not pass a tractor at an intersection.  If the tractor fails to signal a left turn, they could turn into you.

Motorcycle rallies and Car cruises are usually going the same speed as you but the motorcycles are harder to see.  Some of the newer bikes have better lighting but do not take that for granted.  Same as tractors please do not pass at an intersection.  In addition, when I pull up to an intersection I usually take a double look both directions.  The first time you look, you might be looking right through a motorcycle coming up to the intersection you did not see.  The second time you look you just might see them so I always double check.  If it is a busy intersection, I will even look more.   

All these folks have just as much right to the road as you do.  When asked, we usually provide support by assisting with traffic control for these events at dangerous intersections, provided I have enough manpower to do so.  No one wants to see an accident.  If you have an event you would like some help with, please give me a call at the sheriff’s office (563)245-2422 ext.4, and I will do what I can to assist you.                     

           We are currently planning and scheduling to get ready for the Clayton County Fair.  It sounds today like the weather should be nice and hopefully they have a good crowd.  We are also scheduling for the Volga Truck cruise later this month.  They are trying to break the Guinness Book of World records for longest truck cruise.  I believe they are trying to get over 2000 trucks for the cruise.  We have asked for help from the State Patrol on both events with traffic control.


          If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me.



Thanks and be safe,

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

Jul 01

June 2018

Posted on July 1, 2018 at 11:58 PM by Craig Johnson

“What’s New in County 22?”


This month in my article, I would like to inform the public of a couple of fund raising events our office will be involved with.  The first one is the Annual Garnavillo Firecracker Run/Walk event that is held in Garnavillo each year on the 4th of July to support funding for the Clayton County K-9 Unit.  Raven has been with us for 4 years and does tremendous work in locating narcotics and searches.  The Run/Walk starts at 7am and costs $25 per person that includes a t-shirt.  If you have an interest in joining us for the Run/Walk or would just like to donate, please contact K-9 Deputy Matt Moser at (mmoser@claytoncountyia.gov).

The second event is a “Driving Out Sexual Violence” Golf Outing.  This event is being held July 28th, 2018 at the Guttenberg Golf course and hosted by the Clayton County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).  It is an 18 Hole - 4 person best shot with lunch and prizes.  Tee off at 10am.  The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team.  Contact Sgt. Brent Ostrander at (bostrander@claytoncountyia.gov) or call him at       (563)880-9093 if you have an interest in joining or would just like to donate.

Areas of fundraising focus:


•             Provide a better response to survivors of sexual assault and abuse through     

               core team training

•             Provide education, training and prevention to local school districts, businesses

     and organizations

•             Provide hotel stays to survivors fleeing to safety

•             Provide resources to ensure a survivor maintains their dignity through the

     entire process

•             Provide specialized equipment for responders


Local Statistics:


•             88 reported crimes of sexual abuse and solicitation of a child/minor in past 5


•             63% of all cases involve a child 15 years of age or younger

•             33% of reported cases result in criminal charges

•             Over 85% successful prosecution rate


National Statistics:


CDC 2010 National Partner and Sexual Violence Survey:

  • 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime.


Sexual violence victimization other than rape (coercion or unwanted sexual contact)

  • Nearly 1 in 2 women (44.6%)
  • 1 in 5 men (22.2%)


Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.

Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the authorities.




          If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me.







Jul 01

May 2018

Posted on July 1, 2018 at 11:57 PM by Craig Johnson

“What’s New in County 22?”


The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office have once again teamed up to support safe boating on the Mississippi river this year.  In 2015, the departments started a combined river patrol.  With an officer from both counties riding in the same boat we can patrol both sides of the river and give better coverage along with saving in wages and cost sharing some expenses while promoting safer boating or recreation.

          Clayton County has 42 miles of river and here are the stats from last year:

9 - River patrols with Crawford County

1 - Special enforcement project

2 – Fireworks projects

5 – Assists other agencies

7 – Checks for boating while intoxicated

5 – Checks for underage drinking

3 – Boats towed in

6 – Assists with boats broken down

1 – Boat on fire call

66 – Boat stops for violations

66 – Boat inspections

9 – Personal Watercraft stops for violations (Jet skis)

Contacts – 294 Adults and 70 children under age 12


Top Violations

37 Violations of “No Wake Zone”

23 Improper registration

21 Reckless Operation

5 PFD Life Jacket violations

2 Lighting violations


This year we will also be working with other agencies in the 2018 Operation Dry Water.  The United States Coast Guard sponsors this and it is special enforcement looking for intoxicated boaters.    We hope to have 2 other special projects targeting underage drinking on the river.  Our intentions are not to be out there writing citations or making arrests.  We want everyone to enjoy our valuable natural resources, promote safety and protect the public.    



          If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me.