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Welcome to SheriffConnect

Thank you for visiting SheriffConnect, a virtual tour of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.  SheriffConnect is dedicated to informing you of our agency’s efforts to serve Wayne County’s citizens and stakeholders.  As you may have seen in news reports, I have been extremely busy addressing the jail system’s critical financial needs.  We’re working to correct a severe structural financial deficit that forces the agency to incur overtime expenses as we comply with the order of the Third Judicial Circuit Court.  Let me explain.  Just two months into my appointment as Sheriff in 2009, former Chief Judge Michael F. Sapala ordered the WCSO to deploy a set ratio of jail personnel per inmates for a maximum of 1776 inmates per day.  However, the inmate population at the three jails consistently exceeded 2200 per day, not including roughly 400-500 additional inmates placed on tether! ... Read more...

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:32

Project Childsafe

Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program, to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices. Here are child safety tips to use when discussing gun safety with children.

Monday, 29 December 2014 19:02

Ring in 2015 with a bell, not a bang

(Dec. 29, 2014) -- Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon joined Rev. Nicholas Hood, III and other clergy and community leaders today to urge area residents to put away their firearms and instead ring a bell to welcome in the New Year on January 1. Rev. Hood founded "Ring in the New Year with a Bell, Not a Bang" after Detroit grandmother Sandra Latham was killed in 1997 by a stray bullet while sitting in her dining room. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has donated free gun locks to promote gun safety. Limited supplies are available during normal business hours at the Plymouth United Church of Christ, 600 E. Warren; the WCSO headquarters, 4747 Woodward; and the Sheriff's Road Patrol facility at 3100 S. Henry Ruff, Westland (this office reopens Monday, Jan. 5).

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:10

From Fox 2 Detroit

Monday, 10 November 2014 18:43

WCSO reserves assist in recovery efforts

(Oct. 29, 2014) Grosse Pointe Woods –Members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Reserve Division were among the responders to a construction scene where a man died Wednesday afternoon after a trench collapsed on him along Fairway Drive in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The man was the owner of a private contracting company digging a trench about 20 feet deep into the sewer. Emergency personnel, including members of the Grosse Pointe Woods Police Department, attempted to dig the man out when a second collapse buried the man. A Grosse Pointe Woods police officer was hurt in the rescue attempt.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Reserve Valentin Ciciovean of Garden City was digging in a basement in Dearborn Heights when he received a call from Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar to respond to the Grosse Pointe Woods site.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:16

WCSO provides Halloween safety tips

(October 28, 2014) --Trick or treating on Halloween should be a great adventure for kids. But with all that excitement, kids as well as adults may be less careful than normal.

“Just a few simple safety precautions, along with some good old common sense, can help make this a Halloween a happy time for youngsters and their families and not a nightmare,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon.

To help ensure a fun and safe holiday, Sheriff Napoleon and Deputy Chief Larry Hall of the Sheriff’s Training Unit offer safety tips covering all facets of the Halloween celebration:

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ON VEHICLE USE Hatch Act and IRS Regulations affirm no usage violations, Board votes otherwise.

(October 21, 2014) — Sheriff Benny Napoleon will continue to seek an opinion from the Attorney General on use of his county-issued vehicle during the 2013 campaign season despite an unprecedented vote by some members of the Wayne County Board of Ethics—in opposition to federal ordinances and state opinions. The Board was asked to opine on the matter after the auditor general stated the Sheriff should reimburse the county for charges relating to fuel and personnel. Sheriff Napoleon’s counsel, attorney Mark Brewer, argued:

  • Sheriffs in Michigan’s 83 counties have all conducted themselves in similar manner whether campaigning for re-election or for different office
  • the Hatch Act deems the activities of his use while a candidate acceptable
  • IRS regulations allow the use given the Sheriff’s law enforcement responsibilities
  • the head of the Michigan Sheriffs Association says no violations have occurred
  • no other sheriff in the state’s history has been subjected to these measures despite past and current practices


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