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Welcome to SheriffConnect

Greetings, and thank you for logging on to SheriffConnect to gain insight into the various departments, programs and personnel of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The new year kicked off with numerous initiatives—some new and others continuing in an effort to always improve our service to the community and the inmate population. I wish I could say we began this quarter on the heels of rest and celebration of the New Year, but that was not quite the case. We lost our former Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon suddenly just before Christmas.

Though many of us wanted to steal away to grieve the loss of our leader, mentor and friend, there was an abundance of critical work that needed to continue. We are working diligently to continue our great strides in mitigating and eliminating Covid 19 cases in our facilities. In fact, by mid-January we began vaccinating our command staff and officers (those who signed up to receive it). Recruitment is also a top priority as we strive to fill as many of 200+ vacancies we have. Filling those slots swiftly will go a long way in reducing the mandatory overtime required to meet court-ordered requisites to staff and secure the jails and courts.

As a longtime executive on the front lines, I know first-hand how these statutory requirements are wreaking havoc on our employee morale. I am committed to improving operations in all areas so that our personnel can continue to implement the highest level of service in their respective commands. Finally, work on the new Wayne County Criminal Justice Center continues and once completed we’ll have state-of-the-art facilities that will enhance working conditions exponentially. The men and women of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deserve that and so do you, the citizens. I won’t tell you I will fill the footprint left by my predecessor Benny N. Napoleon—no one could. I can, however, promise you that the legacy of excellence he instilled in me and this agency will continue and grow and as your newly-appointed Sheriff, I will blaze a new trail in collaboration with the citizens of Wayne County, our elected officials and the outstanding law enforcement professionals of the Sheriff’s Office. Let’s get to work!

Sheriff Raphael "Ray" Washington

Sheriff Acquires Air Filtering Units that Eliminate COVID to Sanitize Air in WCSO Facilities--First Correctional Agency in the Nation!


The WCSO is taking on COVID where it lurks, in the air! Fighting COVID in all facilities has been a mission of executive leadership since the pandemic began and Sheriff Raphael Washington has promised keeping personnel, the public and the inmate population safe is among his top priorities. At a recent press conference, the Sheriff and executive leadership announced the acquisition of nearly 24 state of the art machines that target and eliminate COVID and other pathogens in the air in our 3 jails, Road Patrol and Admin building. Our agency is THE FIRST correctional agency in the nation to implement this technology. Adding this ground-breaking technology is just another weapon in our fight against this deadly pandemic.

Thanks to the diligent efforts of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and his team at the County to secure CARES Act funds, the units were purchased with those funds and an in-kind donation from IVP to cover the costs of shipping and installation. The Sheriff was joined at the announcement by Assad Turfe, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Wayne County Executive, Undersheriff Dan Pfannes, Chief of Staff Michael Turner, Chief of Jails Robert Dunlap, Chief of Operations Mike Jaafar, Deputy Chief Scott Gatti and Lt. Rachael Moore who played a key role in securing the mobile machines for the agency.


Sheriff Raphael Washington hit the streets of Detroit with trucks filled to the brim with warm blankets for cold Detroiters. The Sheriff's caravan of warmth included Radio Icon Mildred Gaddis (105.9 fm), Geniene Holmes (Founder of Hearts of Humanity Michigan which donated the 1,000 blankets and also warm scarfs) and a cadre of volunteer Sheriff's CERT Reserves and WCSO volunteers. The cold temperatures were unable to dampen the warm spirit that flowed as grateful citizens accepted the blankets and well wishes. The team visited local missions, shelters and a church, all known to help individuals in need and even stopped by the Rosa Parks Transit Center to catch up with riders enroute to their destinations. Sheriff Washington intends to conduct more giveaways to citizens in need throughout Wayne County, especially during times of hardship like the current bitter cold snap.

“We hope to get as many blankets as we can to individuals in need at targeted locations,” said Sheriff Washington. “If we have any left we’ve communicated with several social service agencies and shelters to make sure they’re distributed. We don’t want anyone succumbing to these numbing temperatures. We know those who are homeless need them, but we also don’t want to forget those who have homes but may be suffering from inadequate heating.”

Since March 2020, the WCSO has implemented targeted action to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in the jails and public access facilities around Wayne County.  Continuous sanitization, health safety mandates and nasal swab testing for personnel and inmates are among several measures that have resulted in low infection rates garnering national attention for the agency. 

In a news report focusing on jails in the region facing litigation over mitigation efforts, WC Jails were cited as exemplary, specifically “…Wayne County Jail’s COVID-19 Protocols have been held up by the CDC as an exemplary model.”

Wayne County Chief Judge Timothy Kenny has worked closely with Chief of Jails Robert Dunlap and other jail officials to ensure that as many inmates as possible can be released (as long as they meet specific criteria with regard to public safety). Reduced inmate population—along with bi-weekly mandatory covid testing (on-site and driveup) and vaccinations for personnel—are helping to keep positive cases in Wayne County jails, courts and administrative offices to a minimum.

Review the report from WXYZ by clicking on the link below: