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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...

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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(October 6, 2014) – Working to ensure that everyone has a chance to vote in the upcoming November election, the Detroit Branch NAACP conducted a registration drive in the three Wayne County Jails.  During the ten day outreach, 360 voters were registered among the three facilities to help those in temporary custody register before the October 6th deadline. 

“Because a person is in custody does not mean they’ve relinquished their voting rights,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon.  “Many of those registered will participate as first-time voters.  Getting them to vote shows them that they have a vested interest in the process and that their say counts.”

Following a background check, the person working with the NAACP to register voters was issued a temporary security clearance and escorted by a Sheriff’s officer during the registration process.

Simone Lightfoot, Voter Empowerment Coordinator for Detroit Branch NAACP, said those sentenced to jail time or serving time on the day of the election are ineligible to vote.   However, those released from jail or awaiting trial are eligible.

Increasing access to the election ballot has been a major emphasis of the NAACP nationwide since 2000, Lightfoot said.  She said the NAACP has previously registered voters in Wayne County Jails  with full  support from  Sheriff Napoleon.

“Incarceration don’t stop voter participation,” said Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony. 

Monday, 06 October 2014 17:35

WCSO participates in Operation Blue Light

(Oct. 3, 2015) Dearborn-- A 15-day regional police operation that included the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has resulted in more than 1,500 arrests and recovery of 25 weapons.

The main objectives of Operation Blue Light were to apprehend persons wanted on warrants; address serious traffic-related issues; disrupt larceny crimes and crimes against persons in retail and business districts, and recover weapons, according to Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad, whose agency spearheaded the effort. 

In addition to the arrests and recovery of weapons, more than 9,055 tickets were issued and 657 vehicles were impounded during the operation, which ran September 15 through September 30.

 (September 26, 2014) Detroit – Phone scam artists from overseas are attempting to swindle residents of metro Detroit by convincing them to place money on Green Dot cards to claim their winnings from a contest, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

The scam primarily is aimed at the elderly, who are told they have won thousands of dollars but need to place money, generally $100 or more, on a Green Dot card to claim their winnings, said Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon.

The caller will attempt to get the person to provide an access number from the Green Dot card so the caller can withdraw the money.

Monday, 06 October 2014 17:32

Court officers receive life-saving awards

(October 1, 2014) – Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon presented five officers with Meritorious Life Saving Awards today to acknowledge their efforts in assisting a 78-year-old man earlier this year.

The five officers –Corporals Pete Bommarito, Susan Russell, Anthony Binion and Paul Spaulding and Deputy Mathew Doss – are members of the Sheriff’s Court Services Divisions.

On the morning of April 14, Bommarito and Doss found a 78-year-old man unresponsive and not breathing on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit.  The man was in the court with his wife concerning a probate case.

Bommarito and Doss administered CPR until EMS arrived while Spaulding and Binion assisted with security on the 13th floor, keeping bystanders calm.  The man was revived and treated Detroit Receiving Hospital. Russell accompanied the man’s wife to the hospital.

Sheriff Napoleon commended the officers for going beyond the call of duty in an extremely stressful situation.  “There’s a person on this planet who is alive today because of your efforts,” Napoleon said.  

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:47

Pfannes graduates from FBI seminar

Wayne County Undersheriff Dan Pfannes recently graduated from the FBI’s Law Enforcement Development Seminar (LEEDS), a two-week seminar designed for chief executive officers of mid-sized law enforcement agencies.

Pfannes received instruction in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, legal issues, labor and media relations, social issues and police programs. Interaction among the executives was a key part of the program as participants exchanged plans, problems and solutions with their peers.

Begun in 1981, the FBI seminar has graduated more than 1,300 executives to date. Pfannes was among a class of 40 executives, including seven leaders of international agencies.

Monday, 15 September 2014 00:14

Flashpoint on safety in Detroit

Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon joined Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Flashpoint (WDIV Local 4) to discuss crime and public safety in the City of Detroit. The sheriff pointed out that the reasons people leave the city include safety, schools, high taxes and insurance.

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(August 20, 2014) Detroit –Acting on alerts from an electronic monitoring device, Wayne County Sheriff’s officers assisted Detroit Police in tracking down a 20-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing a man near Outer Drive and Westbrook on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite having been released from tether monitoring and placed on probation by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner last Friday, the suspect continued to wear the tether. Wayne County Sheriff’s officers contacted the man to come in and have the device removed, but he never showed up.

After the shooting, Sheriff’s officers used tether signals to track the man to a house in the 14000 block of Rutherford Street where he was arrested late Tuesday afternoon. Data from the tether also placed him in the area of the shooting when it occurred, police said.

The man’s name is not being released pending criminal charges. He was previously placed on tether by a judge for a felony conviction, but cut the tether and escaped. He was subsequently caught and charged with damage to police property and escape. Officers with the Sheriff’s Community Organized Urban Team (SCOUT) assisted Detroit Police and the sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring unit in the apprehension. The officers had been patrolling the Brightmoor neighborhood as part of the Sheriff’s community policing initiative.

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