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Congratulations to Wayne County Sheriff's Office New Chief of Operations Mike Jaafar. On Monday, October 3, 2016, hundreds gathered to see WCSO Deputy Chief Jaafar get promoted to Chief of Operations. Congrats Chief Jaafar! 

Congratulations goes out to WCSO Undersheriff Daniel Pfannes. On September 23, 2016 he graduated from the FBI's National Executive Institute (NEI). 

The National Executive Institute, or NEI,  is the FBI's premier executive training initiative. For more than three decades, NEI has provided leadership development for Bureau executives and for the heads of the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and overseas.

The focus of the training is strategic leadership development and current affairs.

(In Photo, WCSO Undersheriff Daneil Pfannes & FBI Training Division Assistant Director David T. Resch.)

Friday, 23 September 2016 12:45

WCSO TO HONOR DPD SERGEANT

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Tribute in Memory of Detroit Police Sergeant Kenneth Steil

September 23, 2016 (DETROIT) – On Friday, September 23, 2016, Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon and the entire Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will honor Detroit Police Department’s Sergeant Kenneth Steil. Sheriff Napoleon, along with the men and women of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, express their sincerest condolences over the loss of DPD Sergeant Steil. Sheriff Napoleon wants to acknowledge his passing and honor Sergeant Steil’s memory with a tribute that will be executed by the members of the WCSO.

“Sergeant Steil was devoted to his brothers and sisters in blue. He gave tirelessly to the job and community. It is heartening to know that his dedication to law enforcement was so widely respected by those throughout the metro Detroit community. Losing him is a tremendous loss to us all,” said Sheriff Napoleon.

On Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11 a.m., all WCS officers in equipped units will assume a fixed location on Wayne County roads and simultaneously enable their lights and sirens for 15 seconds in memory of Sergeant Steil. The WCS Marine Unit will also honor Sergeant Steil at this time.

We ask your assistance in alerting the traveling public who may witness this tribute that this is an agency-wide observance so they are not unnecessarily alarmed.

To honor the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty during the attacks on 9-11, the Detroit Tigers and BELFOR Property Restoration joined forces with local responders to commemorate the National Day of Service and Remembrance. WCSO and other first responders were honored in a pre-game ceremony on the field of Comerica Park.

Members with the Detroit Shriners present the Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with a plaque for Outstanding Service for protecting the citizens of Wayne County.

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon and the men and women of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will join Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Church organizers say they’re excited to present this event for the first time and plan to make it an annual celebration. Wayne and Oakland County Sheriff’s Offices were invited to “Bridging the Gap with Our Community” along with other law enforcement agencies.

'We're in the neighborhoods everyday meeting with citizens and leaders, so it's only fitting that we support each other in fellowship," said Sheriff Napoleon.  "We're all working toward the same goal—improving quality of life. This special day will help remind everyone we’re in it together.”

Church organizers say due to the current climate involving police and the community, it’s important to bridge the gap of understanding. A special prayer for all law enforcement personnel will be given by Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Senior Pastor.  Join in the service at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 19190 Schaefer Highway, Detroit.

 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:06

WCSO Escorts Fallen Officer Michael Krol

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Sheriff Napoleon leads multi-agency effort in honoring former deputy killed on-duty in Dallas ambush.

A somber journey from Dallas to metro Detroit culminated in hundreds of law enforcement personnel paying tribute to a fellow officer gunned down while on duty July 7, 2016.  A funeral mass for Officer Michael Krol, a native of Redford and former Wayne County Sheriff's deputy, was held this morning at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  Ofc. Krol pursued his dream of working with law enforcement to Texas after serving in the WC Jail divisions from November 2003 to August 2007.  

Sheriff Benny Napoleon and the WCSO served as the lead agency for conducting the procession and escort.  Activities involved coordinating with the Chiefs of Police for Dallas and Redford, as well as Ofc. Krol's family, the Harry J. Will Funeral Home (Redford), and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Southfield).  A command post was set up near the parking lot of St. Robert Bellarmine to monitor radio traffic and all mobile vehicles used in the funeral detail.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:06

WCSO Escorts Fallen Officer Michael Krol

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Sheriff Napoleon leads multi-agency effort in honoring former deputy killed on-duty in Dallas ambush.

A somber journey from Dallas to metro Detroit culminated in hundreds of law enforcement personnel paying tribute to a fellow officer gunned down while on duty July 7, 2016.  A funeral mass for Officer Michael Krol, a native of Redford and former Wayne County Sheriff's deputy, was held this morning at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  Ofc. Krol pursued his dream of working with law enforcement to Texas after serving in the WC Jail divisions from November 2003 to August 2007.  

Sheriff Benny Napoleon and the WCSO served as the lead agency for conducting the procession and escort.  Activities involved coordinating with the Chiefs of Police for Dallas and Redford, as well as Ofc. Krol's family, the Harry J. Will Funeral Home (Redford), and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Southfield).  A command post was set up near the parking lot of St. Robert Bellarmine to monitor radio traffic and all mobile vehicles used in the funeral detail.

Wayne County personnel will join the athletically-inspired at Campus Martius on July 13th for Workout Wednesday.  It's "Wayne County Sheriff's Day" at the downtown Detroit locale and those who show can expect to work up a real sweat.  Activities will include high intensity Interval (HITT) with Alliance Gym, a muscle recovery herbal tea demonstration with Olive Seed and ZUMBA.  Last year Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon addressed the crowd and promised to return.  Workout Wednesdays are held throughout the summer starting at 5 p.m. each week.  And the best part of the after work fun is its free!  See you Wednesday.

 

You can't put a price on safety, but paying individuals to surrender weapons goes a long way toward increasing the peace.  On Saturday, June 11, 2016, Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon, Judge Greg Mathis and Caliber Collection CEO Jessica Mindich teamed up to hold a unique gun buy-back event in one of Detroit's neighborhoods hit hardest by violence.  Judge Greg Mathis generously donated use of the Mathis Community Center (19300 Greenfield Road) to serve as the venue for the program and also stayed onsite to helped facilitate its success.

The gun buy back event offered $50 per weapon surrendered--no questions asked--with a limit of three weapons per person.  The community response was overwhelming.  Several hundred guns were taken in within the first hour!  WCSO officers conducted the process which was swift and orderly.  All types of weapons were retrieved, from handguns to long barrel rifles.  All that was required was the weapon was to be brought in unloaded, in its carrying case or wrapped in newspaper.  Everyone who participated complied and even applauded the Sheriff and his team for their effort.

"Gun buy-back programs are effective because they allow people to get rid of weapons in their homes they don't want around," said Sheriff Napoleon.  "Too many of our babies and loved ones are falling victim to gun violence.  This allows us to work together to get guns off the streets which will save lives."

The Sheriff's office is grateful to Caliber Collection CEO Jessica Mindich who donated the $25,000 used to pay for the gift cards.  She spearheaded the program several years ago with then New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker in response to a spike in crime in his city.  While most gun buy back programs are pretty cut and dried, C4C has a pretty unique twist.  After the guns are processed, they weapons are redendered inoperable and melted down.  Mindich's company then retrieves the melted product to have artists turn them into rings, bracelets and cufflinks which are imprinted with serial numbers and emblazoned with Detroit before they're sold.  The jewelry can be purchased online at calibercollection.com, Amazon, s.h.e. stores in Bloomfield Hills and Grosse Pointe, the Detroit Shop at Somerset Mall and at the DIA.

Thursday, 10 March 2016 18:55

Sheriff, WCSO Celebrate National Reading Month

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Once again, Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon has joined others in the agency to promote the importance of literacy.  March is "National Reading Month" and in observance of such an important occasion the Sheriff visited Hope Academy and read to the second graders.  In addition to reading, Sheriff Napoleon talked with the young scholars about continuing to do well in school, following their teachers' instructions and most importantly obeying their parents!  The kids promised to do so after they were "sworn in" as Student Deputies!

On Saturday March 5, 2016, officers from metro Detroit and neighboring states will rush the court at University of Detroit Mercy's Calihan Hall for First Responder Day.  The event is being organized by the non-profit group First Responders For Fitness which joined forces with UDM to put on the inaugural event.  The 2016 Battle of the Badges Midwest All-Star Basketball Game will have players from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Detroit Police, Detroit Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Cleveland (OH) Fire Department, Toledo (OH) Fire and Rescue, U.S. Border Patrol and Macomb County Sheriff's Office!  They're participating in a full day of family fun with a focus on nutritional, mental and physical training sessions to stimulate wellness.  There will also be table top exercises for Explorers, a half-time Tug-of-War contest and community relations booths manned by the agencies involved.  First Responders tip off in the exhibition match at 9:30 a.m., followed by Women's Basketball at 1:00 p.m.-University of Detroit versus University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  For ticket information, log on to http://www.DetroitTitans.com or call 313-993-1700.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 22:43

Tigers Caravan Rolls through WCSO On Way To Lakeland

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The Detroit Tigers Caravan made a pitstop at Wayne County Sheriff's Office Headquarters as the team makes its way to Spring Training in Lakeland, FLA.  Manager Brad Ausmus, Coaches Dave Clark, Gene Lamont, and Matt Martin joined Ian Kinsler and James McCann as they met with WCSO personnel recently.  The group gabbed all things baseball with their fans in law enforcement and also learned a few things about the WCS operations they never knew.  They surprised the officers with a raffle of Tiger paraphernalia.   The big winners--John Asquini, Cmdr. Lynnette Cain and Sgt. Grant Patterson!  The visit was a treat for the agency which happily assists with crowd and traffic control at home games each season and participates each year in its September 11th tribute.  Go Tigers!

By land, sea and air, that's where Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Police Chief James Craig say their joint effort to pool resources will have an even greater impact on public safety.  The law enforcement leaders held a press conference in December to announce about a dozen DPD officers were being deputized to work on WCS marine unit boats to expand DPD's jurisdiction in marine incidents and also add manpower to assist the WCSO Marine Unit which is feeling the effects of a department-wide personnel shortage.  Accordingly, WC deputies will have access to DPD helicopters for investigative and law enforcement purposes.  The partnership is the latest in a string of collaborations between the WCSO and DPD to increase public safety.

Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon recently honored dozens of officers and command staff for their exceptional achievement, heroism and general commitment to the law enforcement profession and the community they serve. The Salute to Service event was co-sponsored by Local 3317 and the WCDSA/POAM and held at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus in Taylor. In addition to naming Officers and Supervisors of the year for Courts, Operations and Jail Divisions I, II and III, honorees also received Sheriff's Citations, Commendations, Citations for Lifesaving and Valor and also Perfect Attendance. In fact, there were more than 50 individuals honored for perfect attendance. But no honor stood out so valiantly as the selfless dedication of Minister Almeta Bastisties who has volunteered her services as a Chaplain for 53 years to the jails! Not ony has she continued to travel to the jails several days a week by bus, she's done so while raising a family of five boys, four girls, an adopted boy and girl and 67 grandchildren. The event was attended by family, friends and various members of law enforcement, the judiciary and county commission, It was a perfect opportunity to highlight the true dedication of many of the agency's everyday heros. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized.
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