The Community Outreach Unit provides a wide range of crime preventative services to Wayne County citizens. The unit partners with various community groups and local business agencies to encourage Wayne County citizens by instilling civic values and providing them with the necessary tools to protect themselves. This unit disseminates trained deputies to various schools and local community groups to provide education seminars on crime preventative strategies. These preventative strategies address identity theft, scams, fraud, and household/community safety tips. Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon firmly supports the efforts of the Community Outreach Unit, as he believes all citizens of Wayne County should feel safe within their community and equipped to handle emergency situations.
Each Holiday season, the Sheriff’s unions and executive staff host a Holiday Goodfellows Party to raise money for the purchase of Christmas gifts for disadvantaged families in Wayne County. On Christmas morning, the Sheriff and several of his deputies play “Sheriff Claus” and deliver the presents to the children at their homes. This is an exciting time for all because deserving families all get to experience Christmas joy!
Additionally, Sheriff’s executive staff adopts children from needy families, providing them with special Christmas gifts. The annual event is held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit where thousands of other families are able to experience the true meaning of Christmas.
Various Community Outreach Unit programs include:
Wayne County Sheriff Partnership with Wayne County Community College District
Wayne County Community College District has had a long term partnership with the Office of the Wayne County Sheriff. In 2008, the Office of the Wayne County Sheriff Training Division relocated from the Western Campus to be a community partner with the District’s, Michigan Institute of Public Safety Education (MIPSE) located at the Downriver Campus. In cooperation, the District and Office of the Wayne County Sheriff engage in various initial and continuing education training for law enforcement and the community.
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Sheriff’s Report to the Community
The Sheriff and his command staff hold annual community meetings to report on the activities of the Sheriff’s Office and to answer questions or take complaints.
Safety Education Programs
Senior Safety Presentation
Identity Theft/Scams Presentation
Safe Senior Day
Become A Sheriff's Deputy
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is looking for motivated men and women who want to serve and protect their community. The Sheriff’s Office offers a wide range of law enforcement and correctional positions, as well as great career and training opportunities.
Free Safety Items for Kids and Seniors
File of Life (Emergency medical & contact info file)
Whistle for Safety
Computer Cop CDs (more than 10,000 free disks have been provided to parents to help them monitor what their kids are doing on the computer)
Cell Phones for Seniors Program
Old cell phones that no longer have a service contract can still dial 911 if they are charged up. The Sheriff’s Office collects unused cell phones through donations, has them refurbished and gives the phone and charger away free to Senior Citizens. The Sheriff’s Office has donated more than 1000 cell phones to senior citizens for emergency uses only.
Easter Bunny Visit
The Sheriff teams up with The Easter Bunny, Inc. each year on Good Friday, in which a deputy dresses up as Peter Cottontail and visit Children’s Hospital to uplift the spirits of the children. They are able to have their pictures taken with the bunny and receive stuffed toys and coloring books.
Each Holiday season, the Sheriff’s unions and executive staff host a benefit to raise money for the purchase of Christmas gifts for disadvantaged families in Wayne County. On Christmas morning, the Sheriff and several of his deputies play “Sheriff Claus” and deliver the presents to the children at their homes.
Wayne County Sheriff's Office Youth & Senior Safety Fair
The WCSO Youth & Senior Safety Fair is geared toward our community’s most precious commodity—our youth and senior citizens. The action-packed afternoon features bingo, food, entertainment and fun for the kids, law enforcement trivia quizzes and prizes. Giveaways include gift cards, back packs, totebags, gift baskets and cell phones. While there will be plenty of toys and prizes to go around, the most important thing being shared is information that could save lives.