(March 5, 2015) – After helping arrest more than 300 Internet predators and assisting in the recovery of nearly 500 victims of child sex trafficking during his 18-year career, Corporal Erin Diamond of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is ready for another challenge.
Diamond of Livonia has been appointed chairman of the state’s nine-member Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The Human Trafficking board will be housed in the Michigan Department of Community Health and will address issues related to the medical and mental health of human trafficking survivors.
Diamond has assisted Homeland Security, the FBI and the Secret Service as an investigator and electronic forensic examiner with the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force. He also was an original member of the sheriff’s Internet Crimes Unit, which had a 100-percent conviction rate until it was disbanded in January 2014 because of budget problems.
“Michigan is the number two state in terms of recovering under-aged victims of child sex trafficking,” said Diamond, 44. “These criminals know how to find vulnerable individuals. Sometimes, they get them hooked on drugs. They take these victims from their homes so they are on the other side of the state with nowhere to go.”
Nearly 500 child victims have been recovered in Southeast Michigan since the FBI task force was formed in 2007.
“Cpl. Diamond has done a lot of groundbreaking work in investigating and preventing human trafficking and child exploitation,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon. “With this appointment he will be able to help protect residents from these horrific crimes and also support survivors.”
Diamond will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2018.
(Feb. 18, 2015) Detroit – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) joined forces today with other law enforcement agencies, researchers and foundation executives to release a new report that reveals the huge economic benefits of public investments in high-quality childhood education and care.
Making sure just one more child reaches kindergarten ready to learn saves Michigan taxpayers $47,000, and $96,000 per Detroit child, according to the study that quantifies the per-child economic value of preparing Michigan children for long-term educational success, starting at birth.
The study, released at a news conference at the WCSO, was commissioned by the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and conducted by St. Paul, Minn. –based Wilder Research Foundation.
(January 13, 2015) Dearborn --The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office was among the participating agencies in a regional police initiative that resulted in more than 1,800 arrests last month.
Operation Blue Light II, which occurred Dec. 15-31, 2014, was designed to disrupt the criminal process, improve safety on roadways and enhance quality of life throughout the region.
Sheriff’s officers made 42 arrests, impounded 60 vehicles and issued 308 tickets during the regional effort, which involved more than 30 agencies throughout the tri-county area.
“Crime and criminals have no borders,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon. “This operation again shows the value of collaboration in making our communities safe.”
The operation was spearheaded by the Dearborn Police Department.
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Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program, to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices. Here are child safety tips to use when discussing gun safety with children.
(Dec. 29, 2014) -- Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon joined Rev. Nicholas Hood, III and other clergy and community leaders today to urge area residents to put away their firearms and instead ring a bell to welcome in the New Year on January 1. Rev. Hood founded "Ring in the New Year with a Bell, Not a Bang" after Detroit grandmother Sandra Latham was killed in 1997 by a stray bullet while sitting in her dining room. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has donated free gun locks to promote gun safety. Limited supplies are available during normal business hours at the Plymouth United Church of Christ, 600 E. Warren; the WCSO headquarters, 4747 Woodward; and the Sheriff's Road Patrol facility at 3100 S. Henry Ruff, Westland (this office reopens Monday, Jan. 5).