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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 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 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


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.











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.
Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:15

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Hiring Event

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Thursday, May 17, 2018


43630 Hayes Rd.

Clinton Twp, MI 48038

9am to 2pm

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

No Felony Convictions

Be a U.S. Citizen

Be qualified to obtain a Concealed Pistol License

Must pass MCOLES written and agility test

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office

4747 Woodward

Detroit, MI 48201


Police Officer Applications accepted on-site

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:52

Corporal David Thomason Stops Overdose

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Corporal David Thomason saves a man from overdosing.

It was May 10, 2018 when Mary Ling, an apartment manager at the Pennbrook Apartments in Riverview, MI called Riverview officers after noticing 28-year-old, Paul Collins unconscious by a dog park.  Corporal David Thomason, who lives in the apartment complex also spotted Collins from his third floor balcony.  Corporal Thomason who also keeps a Narcan Kit in his home, administered two doses of Narcan, thus saving Collins.  Collins, at the time had very shallow breathing and was beginning to turn blue when Mary Ling, Corporal David Thomason and several others were aiding him. 

The actions of Corporal Thomason reflects posiviely on him as an officer and on the Wayne County Sheriff's Office as a whole.  The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is proud and send many thanks and compliments for the job well done. 




Monday, 14 May 2018 15:13

Quality Behavioral Health Recovery

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Friday, May 11, 2018, the Quality Behavioral Health Recovery center opened its facilty with a unified ribbon cutting.

Quality Behavioral Health, Inc. (QBH) is a non-profit organization that has been providing services to those suffering with substance use disorders since 1995. QBH now has two outpatient locations in Detroit and Sterling Heights, Michigan. The agency provides treatment and support for those beginning the journey of recovery and throughout the early parts of treatment. They are also licensed by the State of Michigan and have achieved CARF accreditation for withdrawals management and residential treatment. Specialty programs also include services to those involved with the Department of Corrections. QBH has provided withdrawal management and residential services to over 36,000 individuals over the past 21 years. They provide comprehensive services to treat the whole individual by using medical, psychiatric, social and educational interventions.

For more information on the facilty, below is the contact information, and click here to visit website.

37490 Dequindre Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48310



7220 Gratiot
Detroit, MI 48213



Friday, 11 May 2018 19:38

Corporal Carlos Banks Takes Action

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Corporal Carlos Banks took action when a man collapsed from a heart attack. 

On April 9, 2017, while off duty attending a sporting event at Total Sports, located in Farmington Hills, MI; Corporal Banks took an immediate response by administering CPR on the man until paramedics arrived.  What stood out the most is that Corporal Banks continued to assist with life saving measures even after the Farmington Public Safety officers and paramedics were present. The patient regained a pulse and began breathing on his own, and was transported to a local hospital - the man left the hospital less than a week later with no neurological or physical deficiencies.

The Farmington Public Safety Department honored Corporal Carlos Banks with a Civilian Life Saving Award at the annual Awards and Citation Banquet on May 4, 2018.

The actions of Corporal Banks are a true compliment to the training and high standards of the men and women of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, and the Farmington Public Safety Department is truly grateful for his heroic act.

The community was asked to join Chanel 7 Action News as they host a panel discussion at Fordson High School with local law enforcement, community leaders, students and educators including: Congreswoman, Debbie Dingell; Cheif, Ronald Haddad; Superintendent,Glenn Maleyko; Representative of District 15, Abdallah Hammoud; Sheriff, Benny Napoleon; Dearborn attorney and gun rights advocate, James J. Makowski; FBI assistant special agent in charge, Jeffret Downey; and US Attorney, Matthew Schneider, to speak on keeping schools safe, and what it will take to do so. 

Residence gathered into the high schools auditorium to seek answers on gun violence in schools, and gave potential alternatives and solutions to security.  The conversation, hosted by WXYZ's Carolyn Clifford, addressed bringing more psychologist into schools, adding onsite officers and metal detectors, and attorney, James J. Makowski suggested arming teachers. 

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Hiring Event

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Northwest Activity Center

18100 Meyers Rd.

Detroit, MI 48235

9am to 2pm

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

No Felony Convictions

Be a U.S. Citizen

Be qualified to obtain a Concealed Pistol License

Must pass MCOLES written and agility test

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office

4747 Woodward

Detroit, MI 48201


Police Officer Applications accepted on-site

100 care packages, including 200 tooth brushes, were made by “Kids with Compassion," a group of students from Northvile High School, who worked in conjunction with the Sheriffs Office.

The Wayne County Deputies delivered the packages to the "Detroit Rescue Missions Woman's Shelter" on Monday.  Deputy Hall is pictured with some of those who helped. 


Wednesday, 04 April 2018 15:00

Sheriff on Fox 2 News Discuss Recruitment

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Wayne County Sheriff's Office is recruiting people ages 18 and up, contingent on a background check and drug testing. Sheriff Napoleon discussed opportunities on joining the Sheriff’s office as a deputy with anchorman, Jay Towers, on Fox 2 News.

With full benefits, and a retirement plan, those looking to become deputies will have pay increases every year for 5 years, and with dedication, moving up in the ranks is highly possible.

For more information on what to expect as a deputy, contact director of recruitment, Chuck Pappas. He may be reached by phone or email: 313-224-0641 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Also, stop by our main office to fill out an application.

Address to main office:

4747 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Joined at the US Attorney's Office in Detroit, MI, US Attorney, Matthew Schneider led the announcement on the consequences that will take place when a person threatens a school. Schneider was joined by six county sheriffs, including Wayne County's Benny Napoleon, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Michigan State Police, the Michigan Attorney General, the FBI, Homeland Security, the DEA, Secret Service and more.

"When you make a threat, this will change your life forever," said Schneider. 

These students face charges that vary from making bomb threats to making false reports of terrorism, many facing 20-year felonies. One suspect was initially given a $10 million bond. Authorities are also looking at passing along the cost of closing the school onto the family of the accused.

Schneider said, "We will find out who you are and you will be humiliated and embarrassed because you’re the person who caused the school to be shut down." 

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said his county has been especially hit hard by school threats in the wake of a mass shooting earlier this year in Parkland, FL. 

Smith said 51 people in Macomb County have been charged with making a false threat of terrorism since the shooting in Florida that killed 17 people and wounded 17 more on February 14.

"Normally through the course of a school year we get about 17 charges of false threat or threats of terrorism. Through a nine-month school year it's basically two every month, just under two a month," said Smith. "Since Parkland, which has been seven weeks or so, we have charged 51 defendants with false threat of terrorism. That's 40 juveniles and 11 adults. When I say adults, these are 17-year-old high school seniors who are charged as adults." This is more than the average amount of such charges issued by Smith’s office during the course of a school year. 

Officials have been calling on parents to become more involved in their children's social media.  Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said he has seen better cooperation from parents in some of his department's investigations.

"Sometimes they say, "'Oh not my boy,' or 'Not my girl,' ... but now it looks like parents are finally getting it," he said. 

Those who cause threats are not aware of the severity and cost it takes to send a team out, including helicopters, to investigate the potential threat.

"What we're really looking for is to figure out a way to reimburse the taxpayer for a threat that is communicated to the school district," said Oakland County's Chief Asst. Prosecutor, Paul Walton. "I think part of it is an issue of parenting. We go out to area schools all the time; we talk to first the students and we also talk to the parents. And the parents don't seem to often times want to attend or, I guess, there's a feeling it's "not going to be my son or daughter" until the police show up at the doorstep with search warrants." The parents of these students have been cooperative and have been willing to give their guns to authorities.

Schneider said schools will be given a presentation about the consequences of making such threats.  Schools are able to contact local authorities on how to join the list of visiting schools so that this presentation may be administered to parents, students, staff and faculty.

Writer: Dir. Pageant B. Atterberry


Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:54

Plans for Safer Schools Unveiled

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With a push for safe schools, students across the United States have not only organized walkouts, but Saturday the March for Our Lives brought out hundreds of thousands of young people protesting school shootings and advocating for an increase in school safety.  The movement came after a series of school shootings with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, being the most recent in headline news where 17 students were gunned down by 19 year-old, Nikolas Cruz.

In March, a coalition comprised of Michigan’s top law enforcement and education groups met at a local school to unveil their proposals for preventing violence in the classroom.

“School shootings and bomb threats dominate the headlines.  Violence is followed by mourning, outrage, and calls for reform – before the cycle repeats itself, without any meaningful change,” said Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wrigglesworth. “Michigan law enforcement and Michigan school leaders agree – enough is enough.  It’s time for change.”

The plan calls for a new $100 million grant program for personnel, and a $20 million grant program for safety infrastructure, and other reforms, including:

  • More school resource officers—sheriffs and police—working in school facilities through a new state grant program
  • More school mental health professionals to identify problems early through the same new state grant program
  • Grants to ensure safer buildings for students and teachers 
  • Mandatory reporting of threats and graduated penalties to help prevent violence.

The Michigan Student Safety Reform Plan gives school districts access to funding to hire additional school mental health professionals increasing the ratio of mental health professionals to students in districts statewide.

 “Putting more sheriffs and police on school property and in school buildings will keep our children safe – and prevent tragedies before they happen,” said Michael Rochholz, President of the Michigan Association of School Boards.  “We also need to increase the ratio of school mental health professionals to help assist with early intervention.”

Lansing Public Schools Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul added, “We know many shooters often show signs of trouble, long before an attack— and school mental health professionals are the first line of defense.” 

Currently, Michigans ratio is 1 psychologist to every 4,800 students, rather than the ideal 1 for every 1,000 students. Though school social workers are recommended at a ratio of 1 for every 500 students, in Michigan, districts are often at 1,000 to 1, or worse.  Also, school counselors are recommended at a level of 1 for every 250 students - Michigan’s ratio is roughly 1 to 750.

The bipartisanship of these plans also requires a walk through by law enforcement officers of every school building in the state and calls for a mandatory reporting of threats against schools to law enforcement.

Tuscola County Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Reene, ended the meeting saying, “Nothing in this proposal is controversial.  Nothing here is divisive.  These are common sense, bipartisan solutions to a very real crisis, and we look forward to working with the legislature to make them a reality very soon.”

The Michigan School Safety Reform Plan is backed by:

  • Michigan Sheriffs Association
  • Michigan Association of School Administrators
  • Michigan Association of School Boards
  • Michigan Association of School Psychologists
  • Michigan Association of School Social Workers
  • Michigan School Counselors Association
  • Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

Writer: Dir. Pageant B. Atterberry

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