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Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:18

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Hiring Event

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We are presently hiring and would like to invite all interested parties to attend our Hiring Event this Saturday, June 1, 2019 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will run until 1:00 p.m.  The event will be held at Wayne State University Multi-Purpose Sports Complex which is off John C. Lodge and Warren Ave.  All Applicants must present the Michigan Sheriffs' Coordinating and Training Council Local Corrections Officer Physical Abilities Test Physicians's Health Screening Form in order to complete the Physical Abilities Test.  This form can be found here: www.misctc.org/downloads/LCOPAT_Health_Screen_Form.pdf We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Please contact Keith Williams, Director of Recruitment (313) 657-8962 for all questions.

Our Chief of Jails Robert Dunlap, did an AMAZING job representing the WCSO at Comerica Park this morning! AAA has teamed with the Detroit Tigers and law enforcement to kick off the “Team Up for a Safe Summer" where issues on impaired and distracted driving prevention, safety belt use, teen driver safety, safe boating, underage drinking prevention, speed limit compliance and various new programs that support summer safety were discussed.

We are proud to have Chief Dunlap, and applaud his knowledge on the various topics! (Dunlap is pictured 3rd from the right).

Thursday, 07 February 2019 15:20

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Hiring Event

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Michigan, we need you! If you are capable of passing a physical test and are 18 and over, you are more than welcome to come to this hiring events or stop by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office to fill out an application!

4747 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

We do background checks and drug test

 

Thursday, 17 January 2019 21:00

Undersheriff Pfannes Appointed By Governor

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Before leaving office, former Governor Rick Snyder announced on December 10, 2018 the 49 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and commissions.

“These individuals are highly dedicated to helping their fellow Michiganders and I thank them for their commitment to serve on these boards and commissions,” Snyder said.

Daniel Pfannes, of Canton, the undersheriff for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, and previously served as chief of the Westland Police Department, was one of the newest appointees to join the Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Board of Directors.  Along with gaining this appointment, Pfannes comes with high-ranking creditable credentials. He is an advisory board member for the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command, an advisory committee member for Schoolcraft College Law Enforcement In-Service Training, a commissioner for the Detroit Crime Commission, and is vice chair of the Wayne County Regional Police Academy Advisory Board. Pfannes also holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial supervision and management from Central Michigan University, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Detroit. He will represent law enforcement officials and replace Michael McCabe; his term will expire July 1, 2022.

 

 


For over 43 years, Sheriff Napoleon has worked in law enforcement and has served Detroit's youth in many beneficial ways.

This year, Sheriff Napoleon, along with 49 others, was recognized by the Skillman Foundation as someone who represents the Heart of Detroit.

Sheriff Napoleon tells the Skillman Foundation his aspiration for Detroit Youth and what he does to support them:

"I have great hopes for reduction in poverty, I'd like to see quality health care, preparation for the job market, reduce infant mortality, along with exceptional early childhood education, and promote civic participation and voting.  I support the youth in many ways; I have been a mentor for DPS students for decades, a board member of Fight Crime Invest in Kids of Michigan for over 20 years, a coach for little league baseball and PAL basketball, a big supporter of Michigan AAU, actively involved in the athletics of Cass Tech basketball, work closely with the Detroit Rescue Mission to assist need Detroiters, and am President of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Youth and Senior Education Fund, which supports various initiatives for youth and seniors."

We here at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office applaud Sheriff Napoleon on his good deeds and continuous dedication to the youth of Wayne County. 

Monday, 17 December 2018 21:55

No Child Without a Christmas

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Every year the Wayne County Sheriff's Youth and Senior Education fund makes sure children are able to have a Christmas. This year we were able to help 100 families with a $75 gift card to buy Christmas dinner, and we also made sure 300 children received a $200 gift card to buy gifts.

It is such a blessing and great feeling to be able to help others, and if any of you would like to donate to "No Child Without a Christmas," please make checks payable to: Wayne County Sheriff's Youth and Senior Education fund

NO CHILD should be left without a Christmas.

Friday, 02 November 2018 15:15

VOTE NO to Legalize Marijuana

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SHERIFF NAPOLEON ENCOURAGES YOU TO VOTE NO ON LEGALIZING MARIJUANA

      My name is Benny N. Napoleon.  I am your elected Sheriff.  I have over four decades of experience in law enforcement, and I have been a firsthand witness to the destruction illegal drugs have caused in our community.   It is due to my experience, that I am writing this open letter to every resident of Wayne County.  It is my goal to encourage you to vote against the legalization of marijuana, this Election Day, by voting NO on Proposal 18-1. While the 100-word ballot proposal sounds relatively straightforward, the complete 16-page proposal contains many provisions that will undoubtedly prove harmful to our children, public safety, and our community.

      Under Proposal 18-1, anyone over 21 years of age will be able to possess 10-ounces of marijuana.  This equals 300-600 joints - which is 1,000% higher than nearly every other state that has legalized marijuana allows. In addition, a person can grow up to 12 plants. This growing can and will take place in your neighborhood. All this excess marijuana will cause an explosion in the black market, which contrary to public statements, has expanded in every other state that has legalized marijuana. Colorado and Washington have already documented foreign cartels moving in to traffic marijuana.

      Another serious problem will be the increased number of stoned drivers on our roads. There is no simple test to prove someone is driving under the influence of marijuana.  It requires an officer who has received specialized Drug Recognition Expert training and there are only about 75 such trained officers in all of Michigan.  It will be nearly impossible to prove that someone is legally stoned and shouldn’t be driving.  Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol, which has a set limit, marijuana metabolizes differently in each person. In Colorado, marijuana traffic related deaths have more than doubled since legalization. Every state that has legalized marijuana is experiencing increased marijuana related traffic crashes and deaths.

      However, the most serious negative consequence will be the impact legalized marijuana will have upon our children. Today’s marijuana is not the “Woodstock Weed” many of us grew up around. Much of the marijuana today has a THC content ( the ingredient that gets you high) that is 10 - 45 times greater than the marijuana of the 1960’s. Countless studies have confirmed that smoking marijuana can cause permanent brain damage when consumed by those under 25 years of age. States that have legalized recreational marijuana have seen an increase in youth marijuana use and Colorado is now ranked #1 in the nation for “past month marijuana use” (up from #4 in 2011/2012 and #14 in 2005/2006).

      Legalized marijuana is opposed by numerous community, school, health, and faith-based organizations including:  NAACP of Detroit, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, Michigan Catholic Conference, Families Against Narcotics, the Michigan Sheriffs Association, and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. I encourage everyone to visit http://healthyandproductivemi.org, where you can find much more information regarding the negative consequences that can be expected if this proposal passes.

Please do the research and then vote NO on Proposal 18-1.

Sincerely,

Benny N. Napoleon, J.D., Sheriff

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:33

Congrats to our Special Operations Unit

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Congrats to our Special Operations Unit of the Wayne County Sheriffs Office on the meritorious Service and Valor award for their outstanding work and commitment to enforcing illegal narcotic activity throughout Wayne County. Thank you to Safe Substance Abuse and coalition for being a leader in taking on such a noble cause.

Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:15

Election Day Workers Wanted

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Friday, 05 October 2018 14:15

Drug Dealer Take Down!

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Another one bites the dust! Our Police Operations Division did a great job on this investigation. We were successful in taking down a drug house and the known drug dealer! The Wayne County Sheriff's Ofiice is not going to tolerate this in Wayne county.

Friday, 28 September 2018 17:40

Sheriff Promotes Deputy to Sergeant

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On September 27, Sheriff Napoleon was joined by executive staff and command in the promotion of 8 year veteran, Autris Shelby from deputy to sergeant. Sgt. Shelby is a graduate of Ferris State University, holding both an undergraduate and graduate degree in criminal justice administration. Prior to join the sheriff's office, Sgt. Shelby worked as a foster care worker for "Family Independence Agency." Here, he assured services to families whose children have been removed from their homes due to child abuse and/or neglect. Sgt. Shelby also worked as a fraud investigator in Oakland County, MI. Sgt. Autris Shelby was joined by family including his wife, Joshelle Shelby, and their son, Joshua, 10.

Sheriff Napoleon also promoted Sheila Maxell-Stallings from the tether unit to back-ground investigation; Deputy Craig W. Schwartz was brought in as deputy sheriff, where for over 39 years of law enforcement experience, most recently he served as Assistant Chief of Police for the Detroit Public Schools Police Department.  He has previously served in the Detroit Police Department, where he served in all ranks from Police Officer through Deputy Chief and commanded the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Homeland Security Bureau, Major Crimes Division, Homicide Section and the Headquarters Surveillance Unit.  Deputy Schwartz retired from the Detroit Police Department in 2007 and subsequently established the Huron Potawatomi Police Department, the first police agency for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi in Ahtens, Michigan, providing police services to the Tribe, as well as the Village of Athens.  In addition, he has served with the Plymouth and the Grosse Pointe Park Police Departments.  Deputy Schwartz is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy and came to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in August 2018.  Kevin Bennett, who began his career in law enforcement in 1991 and by 1993 became a deputy for the Wayne County Sheriff  Department, was hired in as a part-time court officer. Bennett has an associates, and both a bachelors and masters in criminal justice.

We here at the WCSO are proud of all our new promotes, and hires, and look forward to servicing Wayne County.

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:41

Search and Rescue Dive Team Training

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Thanks to Sheriff Benny Napoleon, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team engaged in extensive training in the Straights of Mackinaw.  The three days of training involved diver participation in scenarios focused on deep diving, wreck diving, boat diving, underwater scene documentation, and the deployment of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) in underwater operations.

            The training exercises were specifically designed to concentrate on team building, cooperation and coordination amongst the divers as well as to reinforce specific operational necessities associated with pre-dive safety checks, proper diving etiquette, storage of dive gear, personal conduct, entry and exit procedures, dive signals, communications, use of lights, redundant air supplies, and diver emergency management.  The three days of training involved diver participation in scenarios focused on deep diving, wreck diving, boat diving, underwater scene documentation, and the deployment of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) in underwater operations.The diver emergency management component involved training in diver injury recognition and emergency oxygen provision.

            The team conducted dives on three different shipwrecks, all of which allowed for the divers to conduct hull penetrations.  The ships included the:

  1. Cedarville:   a 600 ft. steel freighter that sank in 1965. It’s the third largest shipwrecked freighter on the Great Lakes.
  2. Sandusky:   a 141 ft. wooden schooner that sank in 1871
  3. Barnum :     a 200 ft. wooden steamer that sank in 1894

All of the goals and objectives established for the training were met.  In addition, each of the participating divers achieved Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) Neurological Assessment and DANEmergency Oxygen Provider certification.

Dive Team Members:

Lt. Matthew Gloster, Sgt. Mike Wasil, Sgt. Mike Roehrig, Cpl. John Brownfiel, Cpl. Adam Trimble, Cpl. Mike Babe, Cpl. Paul Seals, Cpl. Sean White, Cpl. Tim Chumara, and Cpl. Mark Schmidt

 

Monday, 20 August 2018 15:51

Arrangements for Sgt. Lee Smith

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Arrangements for Sgt. Lee Smith:

PUBLIC VISITATION
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
at Swanson Funeral Home
14751 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48235
313-272-9000

Monday, 20 August 2018 15:42

Class 8-18 Deputies!

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Let us congratulate Class 8-18! Here are Wayne County Sheriff's new deputies! Be sure to apply today to become a deputy! Ages 18+ NO AGE LIMIT!

Stop by the office: 4747 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 to fill out an application or email, Director Pappas: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:15

Sgt Lee Smith killed in Hit-and-Run

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:54

In Memory of Sgt. Lee Smith

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The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is extremely saddened to announce the passing of Sergeant Lee Smith today.   Lee had been jogging on Edward Hines Drive, in the City of Westland, at approximately 10am, when he was fatally struck by a vehicle that had driven left of center and onto the shoulder of the road on which Lee was running.  Lee succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

The vehicle that struck Lee failed to stop at the scene and fled the area.  The Westland Police Department is investigating the fatal crash and the criminal offense related to the suspect vehicle’s driver fleeing the scene.  Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information leading to the capture of the driver.

Lee began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in July of 1992.  Lee worked numerous jobs both in and out of the Jails.  He was first assigned to the Road Patrol in 2000 and began his involvement with the Mounted Unit in 2004.  He was a long standing member of the Special Response Team, where he became a member in 1999.  Upon his promotion to Sergeant in May 2009, Lee was assigned to the Road Patrol. He transferred to the Park Patrol, where he has served ever since, a few months later.

Lee is a graduate of Mumford High School, in Detroit, and a graduate of Wayne County Community College, where he reserved an Associate’s Degree in 2002.  In 2000, he became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society as a result of his excellent grades.

Lee was a highly trained officer and he developed the skill sets necessary to become a department instructor in the following disciplines:  Mounted Officer, PPCT Defensive Tactics, Defensive Driving, Pistol, Shotgun, and Patrol Rifle.  He was a trained firearms armorer capable of working on Sig Sauer and Glock products.  Lee was also an accomplished horseman and motorcycle rider. 

Lee is survived by his wife and his 28 year old son.  His passing will deeply affect this agency.  We have lost a highly trained and well respected officer.  He will be sorely missed.  Each of us will respond differently to Lee’s passing.  For those that feel they may derive a benefit from counseling, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-847-7240.

Information as to viewing and funeral arrangements will be shared as they become known.  Please keep Lee’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, 20 July 2018 15:21

Elder Abuse Prevention Program

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