News from Across eWashtenaw
These news stories come from all departments and sections of eWashtenaw.
Commission Adopts 5-Year Recreation Master Plan ~ The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) unanimously voted to accept the updated 2015-2019 Parks and Recreation Master Plan on August 12, 2014. With acceptance of this master plan, WCPARC recommits itself to the mission, goals and objectives, and principal initiatives outlined within. The master plan serves to guide the decision making for the next five years in the development and enhancement of park and recreation facilities. The approved plan also enables the Parks Commission to pursue grant funding for projects.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy.
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.
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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.
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.
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) www.uspca19.org 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.
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.
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).
Washtenaw County Citizen’s Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 is now available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW STUDY: 14% OF PARENTS SAY THEY HAVE LEFT A CHILD ALONE INSIDE PARKED VEHICLE DESPITE THE RISKS OF HEATSTROKE
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.
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.
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.
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.