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WCSO Notice of Holiday Office Closure

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.

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Take Action to Prevent Heatstroke: Avoid. Create Reminders. Take Action.

Take Action to Prevent Heatstroke: Avoid. Create Reminders. Take Action.

NEW STUDY: 14% OF PARENTS SAY THEY HAVE LEFT A CHILD ALONE INSIDE PARKED VEHICLE DESPITE THE RISKS OF HEATSTROKE

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Sheriff Clayton warns drivers; Click it or Ticket Special Traffic Enforcement

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.

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Peace Officer Memorial Day & Police Week

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.

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Texting and Driving, It Can Wait

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.

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Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 26th, 2014

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.

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Some WCSO Public Service Areas Will Close Early This Friday In Observance of Good Friday

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.

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Missing Endangered Person Robert Mullins found with support from WCSO Mounted Unit, Reserve Unit and many other Area Agencies

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.

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Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members rescue dog from Huron River

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.

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Retired WCSO Deputy Stanley McFadden Honored with Retirement Badge

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).

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A Day in the Life of a Deputy

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.

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WCSO Underwater Search and Recovery Team Assists in Special Olympics Fundraiser at the Big House

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.

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WCSO & County Public Schools Partner to Host Community Forum about the A.L.I.C.E. Initiative

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.

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Boater Safety Classes Available

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.

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Jury Finds Derrell Evans Guilty of 3 Felonies

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.

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6th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap was a Frozen Success!

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.

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6th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap

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!

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WCSO Police Service Dog Visits Dexter Elementary School

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.

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Space Plan 2013/2014

Space Plan 2013/2014

Infrastructure Management, in partnership with key stakeholders and department leaders, evaluated all County space, both owned and leased. The evaluation included a review of individual departmental operations, current floor plans, and programmatic operational efficiencies and effectiveness of infrastructure support. Infrastructure Management recommended to and received approval from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners for the following space adjustments.

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Please Use Caution When Driving On Snow & Ice Covered Roads

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.

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