Sauk Prairie police chief: Officer’s arrest means system change

Sauk Prairie police chief: Officer’s arrest means system change

Sauk Prairie’s police chief said the department’s system for handling its prescription drug disposal box will change following one of their officers facing multiple drug charges.

According to a search warrant, Sauk Prairie police Officer Matthew G. Alt, 38, was caught on surveillance video stealing medication from a prescription drug disposal box after the pills were stored in the department’s evidence room.

Altogether the documents say nearly 500 pills were seized from Alt’s home in Freedom.

The documents detail a system primarily allowing Alt to empty the box and dispose of its contents alone.

“A two-person system will be used moving forward,” Chief Jerry Strunz said in a statement.

That system is already used by other Dane County departments where the boxes are housed, including Blue Mounds, Middleton and Madison.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel considers the med drop boxes a key part of his dose of reality campaign, in helping the 162,000 Wisconsinites Schimel said are abusing opiates.

“Even better, take them to your local police department that has a medication return unit that’s usually open 24/7,” Schimel said in a previous interview.

The Department of Justice website makes it easy to find drop boxes across the state, including six in and around Madison.

Last month, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Wisconsin’s opiate addiction epidemic would be killing four to six people in the county every week if it were not for the opiate antidote Narcan.

“We’ve had individuals of all walks of life,” Mahoney said. “From police officers, to attorneys, to doctors, to soccer moms overdosing.”

The Baraboo Police Department has been tasked with auditing Sauk’s Prairie’s evidence room.