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You may have noticed in recent media reports that the Wayne County Sheriff's Office is aggressively advertising to attract new hires in an effort to fill vacancies that have been steadily rising due to attrition. While most private sector companies can overcome continued personnel shortages with creative scheduling, securing one of the largest county jail systems in the country, county courts and performing limited field operations takes all hands on deck.  And that includes the officers who should be filling those 100+ empty budgeted positions.  Working closely with Wayne County Personnel, we have posted the "Help Wanted" signs on our websites, worked with local media to spread the word and stepped up participation in local job fairs.  And, for the second time in less than a year, we held a "one-stop shop" for interested candidates to meet with all of the agencies involved in hiring and even waived the fee for agility testing.  So, why does this matter? Because when it comes to your tax dollars, it is fiscally prudent to hire the appropriate numbers of personnel at the hourly rate than pay exorbitant overtime to meet the court ordered officer-to-inmate ratio.  As a result, not only do salaries swell, the County encumbers higher pension costs down the road based on the higher pay.  And we all know the debt crisis in Wayne County cannot and should not sustain such a burden.

This hiring issue is exacerbated by the fact that our scale of pay set by the County lags behind agencies in nearby jurisdictions.  It's a challenge that I, the officer's union and the CEO's staff are working to address so we too can attract viable candidates to secure the jails.  Officers should not be worked to exhaustion trying to maintain one of the largest jail systems in the country because of personnel shortages.  The reality is we are required by the courts to meet an officer-to-inmate ratio, which averages about 2200 individuals in custody each day.

I made a promise when I was elected that public safety would be my highest priority and that includes ensuring a safe work environment for our officers.  We will continue to work with the CEO's office to create a budget that functions for the jails so our personnel are not spread thin and overtime is reduced exponentially.  In the interim, we will continue reaching out to those interested in pursuing a career in incarceration.  If you know of anyone who has a desire to pursue a career with the WCSO share this webpage with them.  There is a link to apply at the top right section of the homepage.  Thank you and be safe!

Benny N. Napoleon, J.D.
Wayne County Sheriff

Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon continued his series of visits with seniors in Wayne County with a recent stop at American House in Livonia.  He provided an appetizing lunch courtesy of community partner Mark Zarkin, CEO of Lelli's Inn on the Green, and also arranged for free onsite health screenings.  The purpose of the visit is to discuss tips about personal and financial safety with the seniors.  Sheriff Napoleon also distributed a File of Life to each luncheon guest which lists crucial health information that could prove vital in the event of an emergency and free cell phones to those who needed them which the seniors can use to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:09

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

On Monday, May 4, 2015, Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon teamed up with Dr. Chad Audi, CEO of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), and Lelli’s Inn on the Green CEO Mark Zarkin to provide a pre-Mother’s Day meal to some of the women and children at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. With the help of about a dozen volunteer servers from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, some 80 residents dined on a fine meal featuring pepper steak, pasta and other treats. It's the latest in a series of meals Sheriff Napoleon is delivering to families in need in Wayne County thanks to Zarkin who cooks and provides the meals free of charge.

(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.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 18:45

WCSO participates in regional police effort

(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.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:32

Project Childsafe

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.

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