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Wayne County Sheriff Reserve Operations Assistant Chief Jim Edwards Sr. died in his sleep on September 16, 2021. Edwards served the department and the community for more than 21-years, was among the first members of the Reserve Division and was recently promoted to Assistant Chief, a new position for the operation. In addition to his role as Asst. Chief, Edwards was also a 25th District Court officer in Lincoln Park and a City of Riverview retiree. The law enforcement veteran touched many lives in a very positive and meaningful way–personally and through his involvement with the agency. Edwards is survived by his wife, three children and six grandchildren.

An investigation is underway into the fatal shooting of Officer Devante Jones, 23. The officer was gunned down in an east Detroit neighborhood in the early morning hours of September 20, 2021. Jones graduated from Jailers Training in 2019 and was assigned to Division 1. He leaves behind one child and a newborn due next month.

“We offer our condolences and prayers to the family who have lost their loved one in the most tragic way,” said Sheriff Raphael Washington. “This resonates with all of us on the job. We’re going to do all we can find out what happened.”

Downstate search and recovery team trains in Alpena waters

Article From The Alpena News - JULIE RIDDLE

ALPENA — A team of downstate divers took advantage of Alpena’s shipwreck-rich waters last week to practice saving lives.

A search and recovery dive team from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office chose Alpena as the site of its annual deepwater training. The team explored shipwrecks in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and conducted drills near Rockport State Recreation Area, making use of the Sunrise Side’s deep water and underwater resources to hone its skills.

More than 500 men and women of the WCSO were recently treated during all three shifts to tasty lunches and accolades to show an abundance of appreciation for the essential personnel. The delicious lunches, provided by Sysco and the Wayne County Jail Outreach Ministry (WCJOM), were packed with delectable goodies and the guests of honor—officers, clerical staff and executives—could not have been more appreciative!

In 2016, the MACP Board of Directors established the Thomas A. Hendrickson Legislative Advocate-of-the-Year Award. This is awarded to an individual that works exceptionally hard on behalf of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police in the legislative process and whose efforts are substantially above and beyond those which would be expected by a typical MACP member.

In February of 2021, the MACP Board of Directors unanimously voted to name Daniel Pfannes the 2020 Thomas A. Hendrickson Legislative Advocate of the Year.

292 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, AND 31,233 INJURED, SINCE HANDS-FREE LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN MICHIGAN DURING 2016

TIA, VICTIMS, AND OFFICIALS SAY IT'S TIME TO ACT - PASS SENATE BILL 409

TROY, Michigan — Jim Santilli, CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association (TIA), and two victims are encouraging the Michigan Legislature to make distracted driving a top priority and take action on Senate Bill 409. SB 409, which was introduced today by State Senator Ruth Johnson (R-Holly), would make Michigan a hands-free state. There are currently 26 hands-free states in the nation.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Starts Vaccinations of Jail Inmates

Nearly 50 inmates scheduled to receive J&J dose today

Detroit, Michigan (April 9, 2021) – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office begins vaccinating inmates today as part of an ongoing effort to avoid community spread of Covid-19 in WC jails. All inmates were offered an opportunity to be vaccinated and those who agreed are receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (which requires only one dose). Today, health workers vaccinate inmates at Division 3 with a plan to vaccinate inmates at Jails 1 and 2 in the next few weeks.

WCSO SEEKING TO FILL 200 VACANCIES IMMEDIATELY

Immediate Placement Following Jailer's Training Course. Apply Now

Wayne County (March 12, 2021) – Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington is looking for 200men and women to fill corrections officer vacancies at the three jails. The vacancies—resulting from retirements or other turnover—critically affect staffing levels in the facilities. In an effort to get folks hired fast, the Sheriff is spreading the word that we need those seeking employment to contact the agency so that their application may head to the top of the list

“While the staffing shortage we’re facing is not new, the need to hire qualified individuals couldn’t be more urgent,” says Sheriff Washington. “These career-focused jobs are available now with plenty of opportunities for overtime in this time of economic downturn.”

 

Taking On Covid

Sheriff Acquires Air Filtering Units that Eliminate COVID to Sanitize Air in WCSO Facilities--First Correctional Agency in the Nation!

The WCSO is taking on COVID where it lurks, in the air! Fighting COVID in all facilities has been a mission of executive leadership since the pandemic began and Sheriff Raphael Washington has promised keeping personnel, the public and the inmate population safe is among his top priorities. At a recent press conference, the Sheriff and executive leadership announced the acquisition of nearly 24 state of the art machines that target and eliminate COVID and other pathogens in the air in our 3 jails, Road Patrol and Admin building. Our agency is THE FIRST correctional agency in the nation to implement this technology. Adding this ground-breaking technology is just another weapon in our fight against this deadly pandemic.

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