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Napoleon has not been considered running mate for Whitmer

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon says he is being considered as a running mate for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Gretchen Whitmer.

“I think it’s too early to talk about it,” Napoleon told The Detroit News. “I would certainly consider it if they extended the offer. But that has not happened yet.”

“The campaign is looking at some great options for running mate, but no decisions have been made,” said campaign spokeswoman Annie Ellison.

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Sgt. Diane McKee - Off Duty In the Community

Wayne County Sheriff Sgt. Diane McKee has been involved with International Brown Bag Lunches of Love over the last five years.


The concept was borne of a conversation McKee and her neighbor,

Diane Soulliere, had in 2010 about potential community projects for the youth in Soulliere’s Catechism class.  The pair decided on a brown bag lunch for the local homeless shelter.  The children packed nutritional lunches and included an uplifting note with a message of hope.  The effort has grown from those few bag lunches to more than 20,000 lunches distributed in the last five years.


“It’s an amazing thing--feeding people is almost like feeding yourself, spiritually,” said Sgt. McKee.  “We have a lot to be grateful for, so we just want to give back.”


Lunches of Love works closely with numerous charities including Feeding the Need Ministry in Macomb County, the Veterans Foundation, Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Ministries to name a few.  Over half of their lunches are distributed in the Detroit metropolitan area.  While the program requires plenty of hands-on effort, it also needs money to fund the food purchases or other program needs.


“We hold food fundraisers and sometime we spend our own money,” said McKee.  At a recent event with the Boy Scouts of America, the BSA gathered the food items and Lunches of Love volunteers put the bags together and distributed them.


“Just to see the people, their faces and how it makes them feel is amazingly rewarding and for us it is an expression of our own gratitude,” said Sgt. McKee.


For more information on the Lunches of Love program check them out on Facebook at International Brown Bag Lunches of Love.

Cpl. Duane Provonche - Off Duty In The Community

“Devoted” would be a good word to describe the philosophy of Cpl. Duane Provonche, a video arraignment coordinator in the Sheriff’s Classification Unit.


Whether working, playing or volunteering, Provonche distinguishes himself with his effort and quest for knowledge. His devotion to excellence not only has resulted in numerous military honors, it helped save a woman’s life.

Provonche of Clinton Township joined the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in 2000. While off duty in 2009, Provonche administered CPR to a woman who had collapsed after choking in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Livonia. The woman survived and Provonche received awards from the Sheriff’s Office, State of Michigan and Livonia Police. “I believe in Divine intervention,” said Provonche, noting he stopped in the area for medicine after chipping a tooth while eating a candy bar.

Like his father, who received the Purple Heart in Korea, and his brother and sister, Master at Arms First Class (MA1) Provonche served in the Marines, where he learned to “always strive to be the best.” Provonche’s mother, Marguerite, who passed away in 2012, was considered a “Semper Fi Mom” and an honorary Marine who “ran the ship” in family matters, Provonche said.

During his service with the Marines from 1982-88, Provonche was a personal guard to the U.S. Commander in Chief of the Pacific Command.

Today, Provonche is still serving his country and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Since 2009, Provonche has been serving in the Navy Reserves. He was a Counterinsurgency Analyst while deployed to Afghanistan from March 2012 to June 2013. Provonche continues to spend one weekend a month with his unit as well as three weeks out of the year. He is currently assigned to the Emergency Operations Center in Sigonella, Italy.

His superiors in Afghanistan noted that Provonche “consistently exceeded expectations.” Such praise comes as no surprise to those familiar with Provonche’s work ethic at the Sheriff’s Office.

Commander Donafay Collins

Who would have thought that a talent for the spoken word would turn out to be a supplemental career for one of Wayne County’s finest?  If you attended the Officer of the Year ceremony in mid-December, then you witnessed first-hand the smooth, eloquent presentation of Commander Donafay Collins.  During the day Commander Collins is the CO of court services, however when he’s off-duty he’s displaying his vocal abilities as an emcee for various events, including the hugely popular Friday night “Back Jam Show” broadcast live from Lucky’s Restaurant in Southfield.

Always the consummate professional, Cmdr. Collins speaks with a tone like no other that he says got him noticed back in the day when he began patterning his voice and style after James Brown’s emcee Danny Ray.  That led to his first emcee gig at the The Detroit Emerald’s Lounge in Detroit.  He even had the opportunity to tour to 36 cities with ‘The Floaters’ in their heyday.  Though the pay was minimal, the rewards were great.  Collins enjoyed serving as an emcee and deejay at a few of Detroit’s top urban radio stations including WGPR and Mix 92.3.  Some 40 years later, Cmdr. Collins says he hasn’t lost his love for emceeing concerts, serving as a DJ, giving speeches and being involved with mass communications.  However, he won’t be quitting his day job.  Cmdr. Collins says his 22 years with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office have been the most rewarding experience to date and he’s looking forward to continuing his career with Michigan’s third largest law enforcement agency.

“Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Safety”

The holiday season is a time of celebration with friends and family.  Unfortunately, it is also a time when honest people preoccupied with the details of holiday planning and shopping become increasingly vulnerable to crimes such as theft and robbery.  More people are out and about carrying more gifts and money, making them preferred targets. In the spirit of making this a safe and enjoyable holiday season, the WCSO has some crime prevention “DO and DON’T” tips that we encourage you to share with family and friends. Please help to prevent victimization by reporting suspicious activity and crimes to the police and dialing 911 for emergencies

Driving & Vehicle Safety

  • DO -  carry a cell phone in case of an emergency, or to report suspicious activity and crimes.
  • DO -  maintain your car in good working order to avoid breakdowns (eg. gas tank is full)
  • DO -  be extra cautious when driving alone or at night.
  • DO -  check the vehicle interior before entering to make sure no one is hiding there.
  • DO -  travel on populated well-lit routes.
  • DO -  try to stay in a group when approaching your vehicle.
  • DON’T -  exit or approach your vehicle if suspicious people are in the immediate area.   
  • DO -  keep all vehicle doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
  • DO -  ask for an escort to your vehicle if security is available when leaving at night, alone or if    you’re uncomfortable.
  • DO -  park in well-lit and well-traveled areas 
  • DO -  remember where you parked your vehicle.
  • DON’T -  park next to large vehicles and those with heavy tinted windows.
  • DON’T -  leave your car unattended while it is running or with children inside.
  • DON’T -  leave gifts or other valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.
  • DON’T -  leave your purse, wallet, or cell phone in plain view in your vehicle.

Shopping Safety

  • DO -  be aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted or preoccupied.
  • DO -  minimize shopping at night or alone.
  • DO -  avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • DO -  avoid carrying large amounts of cash.  When possible keep cash in your front pocket or an inside pocket.
  • DON’T - keep a wallet, credit cards or cash in a backpack. Carry a wallet in your front pants pocket or coat breast pocket.  The rear pants pocket is the easiest to pick.
  • DO -  carry your purse close to your body, and in front where you can see it. Place one end in  the palm of your hand and the other in the bend of the elbow. Cover the clasp or flap with  your hand or forearm. 
  • DON’T -  carry open–weave bags or purses without flaps or zippers.
  • DON’T - overloading yourself with packages.  Maintain clear visibility and freedom of motion.
  • DO -    beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  "Con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings
  • DON’T - leave your handbag over the back of a chair, on the floor, or unattended (eg. in restaurants, when paying for items, etc.)
  • DON’T - leave belongings unattended (eg. in shopping carts, on the floor, etc.).
  • DON’T - resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings.
  • DON’T - chase someone who robs you, they may have a weapon. Instead call 911.

Child Safety 

  • DO -  keep children close to you at all times while shopping. 
  • DON’T - allow children to make unaccompanied trips (eg. to the restroom or a vehicle
  • DON’T – leave children unattended in a vehicle.
  • DO -  teach your child to go to a store clerk or security person and ask for help in case they become separated from you.
  • DO -  make sure your children know their full name, address and telephone numbers in the event they are needed by police or security officers.
  • DO -  teach children not to talk to strangers and to immediately inform you if a stranger has approached them, including on the internet.

Automated Teller Machines (ATM)

  • DO - use an ATM located inside of a well-populated building or a well lit area.
  • DO - withdraw only the amount of cash that you will need.
  • DO - protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone standing near you.
  • DON’T – discard ATM receipts at the ATM location. Shred them if possible. 

Credit Cards

  • DO -    protect credit card numbers and other personal info by disposing of them properly. DON’T - provide information to unsolicited calls or emails.                                                
  • DO -    keep records of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. .                                                                   
  • DO -    carry only the cards you will need.                                                                               
  • DO -    notify the credit card company immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused

In the Home Safety

  • DO -  lock windows and doors even when you leave the house for a short period of time. 
  • DO -  make your home look ‘lived in’ whenever you’re away for an extended period of time. Have a friend or neighbor collect your mail and newspapers, or suspend your service.      
  • DO -  place lights, radio, and television on timers so that your home appears occupied.     
  • DO -  avoid having large displays of gifts visible from windows and doors.                               
  • DON’T - wait until reaching your front door to look for your keys. Have them in your hand.                                                                                                                   
  • DON’T – attempt to enter your home if a stranger is standing near your door.                   
  • DO -  lock your front door immediately upon entering your home.                                 
  • DON’T - buzz in someone who rings your bell until you have verified who they are.         
  • DO -  be wary of con artists trying to trick you out of your property (eg. distracting you while your pocket is picked).                                                                            
  • DO -  break down boxes from high-dollar purchases and turn them inside out before putting them out in the trash.                                              
  • DO -  be wary of criminals posing as utility workers, public employees or couriers making deliveries If uncertain, ask for their identification.                                                                 
  • DO -  be wary of vendors selling goods below fair market value. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is                                                     
  • DO -  be wary of those soliciting donations for bogus charitable causes.
  • DO -  be wary of telephone and email solicitations asking for personal information about your accounts, passwords or social security number

Christmas Tree Precautions

  • DO -  make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home when setting up holiday displays, including trees.                                                                                     
  • DO -  be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or  family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.                                                             
  • DO -  carefully inspect lights and cords before using them, ensuring the wiring is not damaged  or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.                                        
  • DO -  place your Christmas tree in water and keep it watered to keep it green. Check the water level daily to prevent drying out which could lead to a fire hazard.

Party Safety 

  • DON’T - drink and drive. If you are going to consume alcoholic beverages, plan to           have a designated driver or use public transportation.
  • DO -  have non-alcoholic beverages available for guests if hosting a party.
  • DO -  find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests whether they are walking for driving.