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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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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:40

Sheriff Promotes Captain and Commander

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Friday, September 7, Sheriff Napoleon was joined by executive staff and command in the promotion of 25 year veteran, Alan Bulifant from captain to commander, and Karmen Ramirez, who has been with the agency for 22 years, was promoted from lieutenant to captain. 

In 2011, Commander Bulifant graduated from Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command; he also attended the Wayne County Sheriff’s Police Academy, in which he completed in December of 1998. Bulifant has is a graduated of Henry Ford Community College, in 1992, he completed associates in arts in Criminal Justice Administration.

Along with a great educational background, Commander Bulifant has many other accomplishments, including:

  • Extensive experience in testifying both in Arbitrations and Court Proceedings
  • Teaching Internal Affairs Class at Corrections Academy for WCSO since 2012
  • Court of Appeals Decision establishing clarity on Garrity Issues Internal Affairs
  • 2009 Prosecutor’s Office Service Award Recipient Felony Nonsupport Unit
  • 2004-2005 Sheriff’s Office Unit Citation Award Recipient Felony Nonsupport Unit
  • 2004-2005 Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Citation Award Recipient Felony Nonsupport Unit
  • Wrote over 4,000 warrant requests while assigned to the Felony Nonsupport Unit.
  • Had over 7,000 arrests made from my cases while assigned to Felony Nonsupport.
  • Collected over $40 Million in back Child Support while assigned to Felony Nonsupport.
  • Guest Speaker for 3rd Judicial Circuit 20th Annual Law Day 2006
  • 2015 Sheriff’s Office Perfect Attendance Award

In addition to his awards, the Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans, has also acknowledged Commander Bulifant for his quick response to a threat of one of Detroit's council members. 

Karmen Ramirez, has shown dedication over the years from working in the jails as an officer to 1996-2008.  By 2008, Captain Ramirez was promoted to police sergeant and served until 2018, where was then given the position as lieutenant, and is now captain.

In 2002, Lieutenant Ramirez was recognized for her academic excellence in the police academy, which resulted in an immediate transfer to the Road Patrol and completion of the FTO program.  After a short reassignment to Division I Bonds, Lieutenant Ramirez joined the Detroit Police Auto Theft Conspiracy task force in 2003.   Within the task force, Lieutenant Ramirez executed several successful search warrants and made several arrests. Lieutenant Ramirez engaged in the New Jail Transition Team (NJTT) project development and design meetings.  Her wisdom and valued input made it evident that the NJTT would benefit from her knowledge.  In June 2012, Lieutenant Ramirez became the Training Coordinator of the NJTT.  She has attended the Direct Supervision Training in Colorado and is developing a plan to train the police personnel and civilian staff of Wayne County.

The dedication and clear execution of leadership has been the foundation of both Commander Alan Bulifant and Captain Karmen Ramirez promotion.

We here at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office are proud to have each member apart of our team.   

 

 

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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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:28

Become a Deputy

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY - Multipurpose Indoor Facility

5327 S. John C Lodge Service Drive

Detroit, MI 48202

9am to 3:30pm

Wayne County Sheriff’s Officer Requirements:

           Must be at least 18 years of age             

Valid Michigan Driver’s License

Possession of a High School Diploma or GED

MSCTC written and MSCTC physical abilities test

No Felony Convictions

Be a U.S. Citizen

Be qualified to obtain a Concealed Pistol License

Applicants taking the physical abilities test must present the attached completed and signed “Physician’s Health Screening Form.” Click Here for Form

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office

 

4747 Woodward

Detroit, MI 48201

313-224-0641

Police Officer Applications accepted on-site

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:33

Cash for Caliber

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:06

Cash for Caliber

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It is that time again, where the Wayne County Sheriff's Office has teamed with the Caliber Collection to bring you the biggest gun buy back event of the year.

It's simple, bring your unwanted guns, including riffles, and we'll give you a $50 gift card! Be sure to visit www.CaliberCollection.com for more detail on what the guns are transformed into; I’ll give you a hint: jewelry.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:36

Marine Rescue, Life jackets save lives!

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It was July 2, 2018 when Patrol Unit 714, including sergeant Wasil and officers Vago and Smith, were providing security patrol for the Lake Erie Metropark fireworks.  While maneuvering through the anchored boats at approximately 10 pm, officers spotted a person in the water near the back of a lighted boat, as officers approached the boat, the people on the boat were pulling a woman out of the water.  The officers then heard a faint call for help and spotted a man in the water in front of their patrol boat.  Not only was the man not wearing a life jacket, there was a strong current with waves at approximately 2 feet in height.  The man was going under water, then coming up for air and struggling to stay afloat.  The officers brought the patrol boat alongside, and officer Smith threw a life ring with a line attached to him and man immediately grabbed on - he was pulled onto the back of the patrol boat by officers Vago and Smith.  The man explained that he jumped in to help a female friend who originally jumped into the lake without a life jacket to retrieve her hat - she struggled getting back into the boat due to the strong current.  Because neither one of victims wearing a life jacket, after he assisted her to a boat that witnessed them in trouble, he said he couldn't swim anymore and was just trying to stay above water while drifting away from the boat with the strong current.  

The man told the officers that he believes he had been in the water for 20 minutes, and was having a difficult time staying on top of the water when officers arrived. The efforts from the officers on Patrol Unit 714 prevented a drowning that night.

The Wayne County Sheriffs Marine Unit wants to remind all boaters that if you go into the water they should be wearing a life jacket. Life jackets save lives!

Thursday, 21 June 2018 14:50

Body Found In Rouge River

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On June 5, 2018, Corporal David Austin advised Wayne County Regional Dispatch that a witness reported seeing a potential dead body in the Lower Rouge River, located east of Henry Ruff and north of Michigan Avenue in the City of Westland.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was dispatched to the scene and immediately engaged in the recovery process.  Upon entering the river, the Wayne County Sheriff's Marine unit discovered the victim, a deceased 31 year old white male, entrapped and partially buried in debris and what appeared to be a beaver dam and floating log jam.  The victim was removed from the debris and carried to shore, where he was turned over to personnel from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Prior to the fidnings, family members reported the victim as a missing person to the Westland Police Department on May 6th - Westland Police Department detective bureau will assume the responsibility of conducting the investigation into the cause death.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Dive Team members who responded to the scene are: Lieutenant Matthew Gloster, Sergeant Michael Wasil, Corporal David Brownfiel, Corporal Sean White, and Corporal Timothy Chmura.  These individuals are highly trained and take part in dive operations in the Great Lakes, Detroit River, and in inland waterways and lakes.

Congratulations Class 6-18 on the completion of your Jailers Training, you are now Deputies! We thank Wayne County Community College for allowing us to celebrate our graduates and we ask the public to contact us on www.SheriffConnect.com or stop by our office at 4747 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI to fill out an application if you're interested in joining the Wayne County Sheriff's Office (WCSO).

For more information on joining, contact Director Chuck Pappas at 313-224-0641 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pictured:

Back Row, Left to Right:

Nicholas Rohrs, Charles Peterson, Shawn Mackey, Steven Kurilla, Michael Lenear, Demarray Canty, Ricky Scott II

Middle Row, Left to Right:

Barry Fields, Warren Carithers III, Andrew Knoch, Joshua Marck, Christian Sedano, Anthony Dinuzzo, Diazunique Bush

Front Row, Left to Right:

Dana Johnson, Claire Forfinski, Ryan Rock, Kurt McLeod, Andrea Marshall, Marc Perez, Taevea Owens

May 21, 2018, AAA - The Auto Club Group, initiated its official " Bases are Loaded for a Safe Summer" kick-off news conference. Memorial Day signals the beginning of the summer travel season. It also signals a higher risk time for unsafe driving, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities. In a unified effort to help prevent traffic deaths and injuries, AAA, the Detroit Tigers and local law enforcement agencies have teamed up to promote a safer summer.

Law enforcement, AAA, and  the Detroit Tigers including: Wayne County Sheriff, Benny Napoleon; Oakland County Sheriff, Michael Bouchard; Macomb County Sheriff, Lieutenant Tina Old; Detroit Police Chief, James Craig; The Auto Club Group Senior Vice President-Field Operations, Dan Schrock; The Auto Club GroupSenior Vice President-Corporate Relations, Ro Katrak; and Detroit Tigers Vice President-Park Operations, Mike Healy all gave their insight and stories of the importance of drunk and drugged driving prevention, safety belt use, teen driver safety, distracted driving prevention, safe boating, underage drinking prevention, motorcycle safety, speed limit compliance and various new programs that support summer safety.

 

 

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When a fire broke at Thomas Taylor Towers – Senior Living Center, responding officers from the Westland police and fire departments were  forced to use the stairs to evacuate the tenants on the 9th floor, where the fire began, along with the 10th floor, because the buildings elevators were shut down; but mutual aid was requested - the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Garden City Police Department.

With a fast acting plan set in motion, the Westland firefighters evacuated individuals from the smoke filled floors and handed them off to police officers staged at the stairwells.  These officers, in turn, escorted the individuals down to ground level and safety.  This system proved highly effective and within minutes all residents on the 9th and 10th floors were evacuated to the ground level. 

Due to answering a call for help and responding to the Westland Police Department without hesitation, Wayne County Sheriff’s Personnel: Sgt. Brian Glatfelter, Sgt. Lee Smith, Cpl. David Austin, Officer Christopher Mittlestat, and Now-Retired-Corporal David Okoney, were awarded the "Westland Police Department Certificate of Merit."  

See attached pictures of personnel below.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:26

Eliminating One Drug House at a Time

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Taking down one drug house at a time across Wayne County.
 
Sheriff Napoleon isn’t playing when it comes to the drugs in our neighborhoods across Wayne County. 
 
Today on the west side of Detroit, our undercover units, special response team, and Operations Chief, Mike Jaafer, executed a search warrant that will eliminate a drug house on a residential street.
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