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Underwater Search and Recovery Team Applicants Engage in “Practical Assessment Process”
The Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search & Recovery Team (USRT) is comprised of law enforcement officers who are also highly trained professional divers. On December 3rd, 2014, prospective team member applicants from the Sheriff’s Office and Arbor City and Ypsilanti City Police Departments met to participate in the practical swim testing portion of the new member assessment process. The Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) posted vacancies on the USRT for full-time Law Enforcement personnel employed in Washtenaw County. After receiving applications, applicants were tested for swimming proficiency and offered the opportunity to experience some of the specialized equipment utilized by the USRT.
Sheriff Clayton Announces Three Special Assignment Appointments in Washtenaw Metro Dispatch
It is a sincere pleasure to announce the following special assignment appointments:
Collaborative Inter-Agency Response & Investigation Leads to Arrest of B&E Suspect
At approximately 2:10 a.m., on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported breaking & entering in progress at the leasing office and maintenance garage of Eastwood Terrace Apartments, Ypsilanti Township. While responding, Deputies observed a gold/tan Buick Century driving eastbound away from the apartments. Upon arrival, they observed the office door had been kicked open and noted visible imprints from the suspect’s shoes. An on-duty Ann Arbor Police Department service dog was requested and responded to the scene.
Getting the Whole Picture...Sheriff’s Office Acquiring Body-Worn Cameras
Deputies have used in-car video for a number of years to document their public contacts, enforcement activity, and response to both critical and more routine calls for service and self-initiated activity.
Deputies Engage in “Practical Assessment Process” for Canine Handler Selection
Living with a police service dog means embracing a lifestyle of discipline, fitness, patience and a continual desire to work hard and to challenge yourself to train, improve and grow as a handler-dog team.
Detective Thomas Boivin named Washtenaw One Hundred’s Police Officer of the Year
At the Washtenaw 100’s Annual Dinner, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Detective Thomas Boivin was named their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton announces the promotion of 2 new Police Services Lieutenant's
On behalf of the Sheriff, it is our pleasure to announce the following promotion, effective Sunday, October 19th, 2014:
Karn Handgun
K-9 Karn Locates Handgun Used in Shooting
Deputy Gerrod Visel and his partner K-9 Karn responded to a request for assistance and were able to locate a handgun used in a shooting at an apartment complex in Ypsilanti Township.
Sheriff’s Undercover Investigation Results in Guilty Pleas to Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime
Following up on a “tip” received through the Washtenaw County “help desk”, Sheriff’s Detectives initiated an undercover investigation into the alleged use of a computer to solicit a child for immoral purposes.
1985 Homicide Victim
2014 Citizens Police Academy
Registration is now open for the 2014 Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy.
Dieter Heren
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Commander Dieter Heren Retires August 23rd, 2014
Honoring over 25 years of exemplary service with the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton announces the retirement of Commander Dieter E. Heren, effective Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.
Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton announces the promotion of Lieutenant Marlene Radzik to the rank of Police Services Commander
In anticipation of the retirement of Police Services Commander Dieter Heren in December of this year, Sheriff Clayton has appointed Marlene Radzik his successor as Police Services Division Commander. To provide for a measured and orderly change of command prior to Commander Heren’s retirement, her promotion is effective Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. For the next few months, Commander Radzik will continue to serve in her present role as operational area commander in Sheriff’s East Operations. During this time period, she will also engage in transitional activities to prepare for assuming divisional command upon Commander Heren’s retirement.
Basic Gun Safety Tips
Multi Agency Gun Safety Week Press Release 7-18-14
Washtenaw County Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate to Hold Gun Safety Week 2014
All the law enforcement agencies in Washtenaw County have joined together to help make our County and our residents safer, by holding a Gun Safety Week July 20th through July 26th, 2014. The purpose of the Washtenaw County Gun Safety Week is to educate and raise awareness about issues related to gun safety and encourage responsible gun ownership.
Patrol Dog Certification Trial (July 11th - 13th) - Open to the Public
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Washtenaw-Metro Police Canine Teams, is pleased to announce our hosting of the regional United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Patrol Dog certification trial, Friday, July 11th, through Sunday, July 13th, 2014. The event is open to the public. Approximately 30 handler and dog teams are expected to participate. Most events will be held at Ypsilanti Community School’s Shadford Athletic Field, 2095 Packard Road, Ypsilanti.
WCSO Notice of Holiday Office Closure
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, July 7, 2014.
WCSO Parks Service Program Keeping the Parks Safe
The Sheriff’s Office Parks Service Program (PSP) was created in 2011 in collaboration with Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation. Our shared goal is to ensure that every visitor to the County’s 32 parks, preserves and properties has an enjoyable, safe and positive experience through the fair and appropriate enforcement of all park rules and regulations by our Park Services Officers (PSO).
Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Honors Deputy Brian Webb as an “All-Star in Impaired Driving Enforcement”
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is coordinating the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving enforcement campaign, July 1-13. To help increase awareness of the increased enforcement effort and the importance of not driving drunk, OHSP is planning kickoff press conferences on July 1.
K-9 Karn Tracks Fleeing Subject
Deputy Jerimiah Richardson attempted to take a probation absconder into custody on Saturday evening, May 31st, 2014, at about 6:00 p.m. The violator fled on foot into an area adjacent to Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township.
WCSO Softball Fundraising Event & Dine and Donate Days Flyer
Swift Water Rescue – Sunday, May 19th, 2014
Conditions in parts of the Huron River are very hazardous this spring, where the force of the swift flowing water leaves little room for error for kayak and canoeing enthusiasts.
WCSO Softball Fundraising Event & Dine and Donate Days
Please come out and support the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office as they take on the hilariously talented Hollywood Diamond Jester’s Comedy Softball Team to raise money for the *Community Engagement Division.
WCSO Softball Fundraising Event & Dine and Donate Days Flyer
WCSO Notice of Holiday Office Closure
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Take Action to Prevent Heatstroke: Avoid. Create Reminders. Take Action.
Sheriff Clayton warns drivers; Click it or Ticket Special Traffic Enforcement
Expanded enforcement could mean more unbuckled motorists find themselves on the receiving end of a $65 penalty. Starting today, law enforcement agencies across the state are stepping up seat belt enforcement for the annual Click It or Ticket campaign that seeks to reduce traffic deaths and injuries by increasing belt use.
Peace Officer Memorial Day & Police Week Ceremony
Peace Officer Memorial Day & Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. As has become a tradition in Washtenaw County, a ceremony marking Peace Officer’s Memorial Day will be held at the Washtenaw 100 Club Memorial Park this year on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 10:00AM. The park is located on Michigan Avenue at Ballard Street in Ypsilanti.
Texting and Driving, It Can Wait
No text is worth dying for. That’s why the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and LaFontaine Automotive Group are joining AT&T to help save lives through It Can Wait, the national movement to end texting and driving. Texting and driving is a national epidemic and a life-threatening issue that affects us all.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 26th, 2014
On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Service Center at 2201 Hogback Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Some WCSO Public Service Areas Will Close Early This Friday In Observance of Good Friday
Certain customer service operations will have reduced hours this Friday, April 18, 2014 in observance of Good Friday.
Missing Endangered Person Robert Mullins found with support from WCSO Mounted Unit, Reserve Unit and many other Area Agencies
On 3/28/14, Robert Mullins, a 79 year old man with dementia, walked away from a Senior Assisted Living Center in Superior Township at approximately 9:00pm. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit and Reserve Unit were activated to assist Detectives and Deputies, among many other partnering agencies, in their search for Mr. Mullins. As the Mounted Unit searched a field on Prospect just north of Geddes, they came across Mr. Mullins laying in the field, alive and talking with no visible signs of injury, though exhausted from the 20 hours he spend outside wandering on his own.
Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members rescue dog from Huron River
On Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) members Sgt. Cook, Cpl. Pasternak and Cpl. Mercure responded to the Huron River in Scio Township where a dog was being swept down the river.
Retired WCSO Deputy Stanley McFadden Honored with Retirement Badge
On March 1st, 2014 Retired Deputy Sheriff Stanley McFadden was presented with his retirement badge and ID card. Deputy McFadden was an Ann Arbor Police Officer who was relentless in his duties once pursuing and capturing a fleeing felon for over a mile through the sewers of Ann Arbor. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office hired McFadden as a Deputy Sheriff in April of 1965. During his tenure he was also part of the Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT).
A Day in the Life of a Deputy
Deputies responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash at M-52 and Bethel Church in Sharon Township on Thursday, February 27th, 2014. Corporal Mike Williams, lead investigator, with Corporals Steve Wallen, Jeff Saren and Tom Mercure did an outstanding job of managing and conducting the kind of detailed on-scene investigation required in such a matter.
WCSO Underwater Search and Recovery Team Assists in Special Olympics Fundraiser at the Big House
Comprised of highly trained and certified divers from multiple divisions’ within the Sheriff’s Office, the Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) is responsible for water recovery operations within the County and is active in community in a variety of different capacities.
ALICE Active Shooter Community Forum
WCSO & County Public Schools Partner to Host Community Forum about the A.L.I.C.E. Initiative
Washtenaw County law enforcement officials in partnership with county public schools are hosting two forums to provide information and awareness of active shooter training. Parents, particularly, are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.
Boater Safety Classes Available
Whether your interest is in fishing, sailing, canoeing or water-skiing, boating education is essential. The WCSO Marine Division offers many Boater Safety Courses each year. In order to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, citizens who are involved in boating activities are strongly encouraged to attend these classes. Please refer to the following information for the current class schedule.
Jury Finds Derrell Evans Guilty of 3 Felonies
On 5/29/13, Deputies Dan Buffa and Kevin Hause responded to a vehicle fire on Ohio Street in Ypsilanti Township. Partnering with Detective Craig Raisanen, their investigation revealed that Derrell Evans burned the vehicle owned by his soon to be ex-girlfriend. Following the vehicle fire, Evans continued to seriously threaten and attempt to intimidate witnesses, eventually fleeing the State. He was subsequently located in Nevada and extradited back to Michigan in September.
6th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap was a Frozen Success!
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Frozen Leap team, Squeal Team Six, may have only had four members this year, but they were still at the top of their game.
6th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap
The 6th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap is set for Saturday, February 15th, 2014. If you've never heard of the Ford Lake Frozen Leap all you need to know is that you can see your fellow Sheriff Office employees, also known as “Squeal Team Six”, jumping into Ford Lake while it's freezing outside!
WCSO Police Service Dog Visits Dexter Elementary School
Deputy Gerrod Visel and his canine partner, Karn, visited Wylie Elementary School in Dexter to perform a demonstration to assist his son, Brayden, during a speech on police service dogs and their training.
Please Use Caution When Driving On Snow & Ice Covered Roads
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents and those who travel through our County to continue to be alert and use caution when driving.
MSA Newsletter & Press Release: Sheriff Clayton Elected Vice-Chair of MCOLES
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, was elected to serve as Vice-Chair of MCOLES for the term beginning January 1, 2014.
Sheriff's Office Service Desk Hours of Operation Have Changed
Sheriff's Office Service Center Lobby and Service Desk hours have changed.
WCSO Non-Essential Offices Closed Monday, January 6, 2014
Due to the significant winter storm, all non-essential Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Operations and Buildings will be closed Monday January 6, 2014.
Jerry Clayton, Sheriff
Jerry L. Clayton, Sheriff
Jerry L. Clayton, Sheriff
Caution Slippery Road
Squeal Team Six
CO Josh Johnson
CO Johnson was the top fund raiser, raising $1200 - Way to go CO Johnson!
HR Charlene Gransden
Bobby Alvarez, Son of Sgt. Bob Alvarez
WCSO Dive Team Members
6th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap
WCSO Dive Team
Slay Hoard Mack Hause Raisanen
Deputy Dan Buffa
USRT & Brady Hoke
USRT & Denard Robinson
2-27-14 Whiteout Conditions
2-27-14 Whiteout Conditions 2
Valentine, McFadden, Ptaszek
Valentine, McFadden, Ptaszek
Sgt. Paul Cook, Scio Twp Fire and Humane Society Huron Valley
Sgt. Paul Cook, Scio Twp Fire and Humane Society Huron Valley rescue dog from Huron River.
Mounted Unit Team Members bring Mr. Mullins to safety
WCSO Mounted Unit Members
WCSO Mounted Unit Members 2
Drug Take Back 2014
Softball Fundraiser
Swift Water Rescue
K-9 Karn Successful Track
All Star Impaired Driving Enforcement
PSO ML Rec Center
PSO & County Parks Staff
PSO Helping Citizen
Safety Day Indy park
PSO Collage
Multi Agency Badges
Multi Agency Gun Safety Week Pic 150dpi
Ann Arbor Arms
Sheriff’s Office Needs Help Identifying 1985 Homicide Victim
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, along with the Medical Examiner's Office, are asking for your help identifying an unknown homicide victim from 1985.
Deputy Visel & K-9 Karn earn United States Police Canine Association ‘Catch of the Quarter’ Award
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Deputy Visel and K-9 Karn has been awarded "catch-of-the-quarter" award by the United States Police Canine Association. K-9 Karn was recognized for his ability to track down a probation absconder in a heavily wooded and overgrown area.
John Sting 6-19-14
On 6/19/2014, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office conducted a prostitution sting as part of the E.A.S.Y. project.
K9 Assessment Photo 1
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