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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office held the third in its community education series  at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter on Wednesday evening.  The overall idea is to improve the department's relationship with the community by informing offering insights into how the Sheriff's office operates.

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The issue of policing and community interaction continues to be a hot-button topic across the country and right here at home.  Racial profiling and use of excessive force are at the top of those discussions.

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On July 21st, WEMU partnered with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and 12th District congressional representative Debbie Dingell for a public conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and the area's minority community. With over 500-people in attendance, not all questions were answered, but the panelists agreed to answer those in writing. 

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Washtenaw County's Michigan Works office, along with other local groups, created an employment program to help keep young people busy during the summer.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Community Engagement Department is one of the locations where some of those teens are working.

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As more and more roundabouts are added on local roadways, Washtenaw County officials want to make sure motorists are clear on how to use them.  

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Local faith leaders held a forum on creating better relationships between police and Washtenaw County residents.

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Gun violence continues to affect many communities around the country, and Washtenaw County is not the exception.  June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office wants to host a citizen's police academy, but is trying to determine if there is enough interest from the public.  

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Assault and domestic violence cases were down in Washtenaw County last year. That's one of the highlights of the 2015 Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office


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Voters in Washtenaw County are deciding a millage renewal today. 

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Scammers are targeting more residents in Washtenaw County in a phone call scam. 

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to take extra caution on the roads tonight and tomorrow.



The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about two phone scams. 

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Officials in Washtenaw County say they’re prepared for a potential emergency in light of an attack on Washington D.C. threatened by international militants.



July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County

Jul 10, 2014
Bob Eccles

Law enforcment agencies across Washtenaw County hope to help prevent gun deaths by offering free gun lock kits during Gun Safety Week, July 20th through the 26th.

County Prosecutor Brian Mackie says he's seen far too many senseless deaths in his thirty-plus years on the job.

"One would be too many, but it happens over and over again with otherwise responsible citizens who think that they're protecting themselves by having a loaded gun, then there's death or serious injury in the family, usually when children go to the guns," Mackie says.

Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance Introduced

Jul 9, 2014
Bob Eccles

State Representative David Rutledge has formally introduced a collaborative effort to address public safety, an effort at least partially in response to a rash of crimes on Washtenaw County's east side, including the killing of Eastern Michigan University student athlete Demarius Reed, 


The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has identified three or four individuals believed to be the leaders in a recent rash of juvenile gang-related trouble at the Huron Heights apartment complex on Leforge Road.

Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson says a group of mostly middle school to early high schoolers has been mimicking gang behavior, leading to numerous calls for police service. 


The trial date for two Detroit men accused of killing EMU football player Demarius Reed last fall has been pushed back a month.

The trial of Ed Thomas and Kristopher Pratt had been set to start June 23rd, but it's been re-scheduled for July 21st. 

Since Reed's death at his off-campus apartment complex, EMU has been working to improve safety in near-campus areas. 

The university is hiring 10 new police officers, has expanded patrols into neighborhoods surrounding the campus, and has worked with local apartment complexes to boost security.

  Law enforcement agencies across the state are paying extra close attention to seat belt use for the next couple of weeks.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is among the agencies participating in the latest "Click it or ticket" campaign, which aims to reduce traffic deaths and injuries through increased use of seat belts. 

The Sheriff's Office, along with U-of-M and Pittsfield Township Departments of Public Safety, will spend over 200 hours specifically targeting seat belt use now through Memorial Day weekend. 


Washtenaw County's jail system could soon see an influx of new prisoners.

State Senator John Proos is proposing a bill to limit the number of inmates held in the state's prison system. If passed, it would restrict Michigan's prison population to 38,000, or about 6,000 less than are currently housed in state prisons.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says if the bill is left unchanged, it could lead to overcrowding in county jails.

Sketch Of Assault Suspect Released

Apr 2, 2014
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of a suspect in the Monday evening assault of a woman in Ypsilanti Township. The victim indicates she was targeted because of her recent marriage to a same-sex partner.

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Impaired Driving Crackdown Underway

Mar 19, 2014

Washtenaw County drivers are on notice: if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.

The Washtenaw County Sherrif's Office is leading a drunk-driving crackdown that runs through the first week of April. 

Derrick Jackson is Director of Community Engagement for the Sheriff's Office.  He said it's a team effort.

"We have partnered with Pittsfield Township and a couple other agencies throughout the county to really focus in on looking for drunk drivers and traffic enforcement around this time of year," Jackson said.

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Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus. 

The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area. 

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts. 


The Washtenaw County Sheriff's office has a new community outreach tool - an online video series called "Beyond the Badge". WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke about it with Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement for the sheriff's office.

Witnesses to Fatal Crash Sought

Mar 21, 2013

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office hopes someone who witnessed a deadly crash in Ypsilanti Township Wednesday will come forward to help investigators piece together what happened. 

The crash happened around 6:10 Wednesday evening on Hewitt near Valley when one vehicle crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle head-on.  The driver of the car that crossed the line was killed.