Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County

Apr 13, 2014

Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017.  The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded. 

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton
Credit Courtesy Photo / Washtenaw County

Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable.  He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.

Clayton stresses he’s not calling for a single agency to take over all policing in the county.  He doesn’t think he has the entire answer but believes it’s an important priority that needs a county-wide discussion.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.