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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.