News from Across eWashtenaw
These news stories come from all departments and sections of eWashtenaw.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Con-Way Freight and Christina’s Smile Partnered Up to Provide Dental Services for Area Children in Need
On June 1st and 2nd, Christina’s SmileTM Children’s Dental Clinic and Con-way Inc. partnered with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and local schools, including Adams STEM Academy, Estabrook Elementary and Perry Early Learning Center, to screen and select local, underserved children with priority dental care needs. Over two days, the clinic and its local volunteer dentists provided dental services, free of charge, to as many as 80 children, representing nearly $63,000 worth of services.
Police Service Dog “Fred” assumed active duty with the Sheriff’s Office on Friday, May 8th, 2015. Trained in part for drug detection, Fred made his first successful drug search while assisting the Livingston & Washtenaw Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (LAWNET) in the service of a search warrant on May 21st, 2015.
It will soon be easier for Washtenaw County residents who lack proper identification to access local public and private services such as the police, hospitals and banks. The Washtenaw County Clerk – Vital Records Division will begin issuing Washtenaw County ID Cards on June 1, 2015 to residents who meet application standards.
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 was held at the Washtenaw 100 Club Memorial Park today, Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 10:00AM. The park is located on Michigan Avenue at Ballard Street in Ypsilanti.
Following a challenging selection process for both handlers and dogs, two (2) new police service dog teams were authorized for service by Cmdr. Marlene Radzik this past Friday, May 8th, 2015.
The policy adopted by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners shall govern the procurement of goods, services, and food from local vendors located in Washtenaw County and the State of Michigan, effective July 1, 2015.
Enhancing Police And Community Trust pulled 30 residents from across Washtenaw County and 30 officers from every police agency in the county for a day long workshop on building relationships.
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating several Craigslist robberies. The victims in these robberies were either selling or buying items through Craigslist ads. Many people post ads on Craigslist and other social media websites but this practice has proven, in some circumstances, not the safest way to do business. It is difficult to track or know who you will be meeting face to face.
The Register of Deeds Division will be closed to the public on February 27 at Noon and will re-open on Monday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the lower level of 200 N. Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will be closing at 12 noon on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 in observance of Good Friday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, April 6th, 2015.
It is with great sorrow and deep sadness that the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office informs you of the death of WCSO Corrections Officer Chad Hilborn. Chad died this morning shortly after 7:30 a.m. as the result of a multi-car crash, which occurred near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Arkona Road in Bridgewater Township.
The Sheriff’s Office recently identified two (2) new police service dog (PSD) handlers who have been spending time building strong bonds and a solid training foundation with their new canine partners. The bond between the Police Service Dog Units (PSDU) and handlers from surrounding agencies is also very strong. This was made clear when our PSDU was contacted by Tracy Spader, Founder and President of the “K9 Defender Fund, Inc” www.k9defenderfund.org. Ms. Spader was made aware of our two (2) new handlers and canine recruits by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has relocated its Ypsilanti Township community police operation to the new Ypsilanti Township Law Enforcement Center (LEC) located at 1501 S. Huron St. The LEC is just over a mile away from the original Township community station formerly housed at the Township Civic Center and District Court campus on S. Huron River Drive.
Over the last several months, the Sheriff’s Office has identified two (2) new police service dog handlers and engaged in the search for police service dog candidates to serve with them; dogs that match the competencies required of a multi-purpose (patrol, tracking & detection) police service dog. On Thursday, January 10th, 2015, Sheriff’s Office Police Service Dog (PSD) trainer John Bochenek delivered our two (2) new police service dog recruits to their respective new partners and homes.
Sheriff Jerry Clayton and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Community join the Michigan Sheriff’s Association (MSA) in supporting Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) on January 9, 2015.
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.
It is a sincere pleasure to announce the following special assignment appointments:
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.
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.