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When Sheriff Washington and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office learned fallen Detroit Police Officer Loren Courts was trying to save to buy his son a car for his 16th birthday (from his partner) coming up in December, we set a team into motion to find a dealership willing to work with us in carrying out his father’s dream. The folks with Woodhaven Feldman were moved by the endeavor to pick up where Officer Courts could not continue, and wanted to donate a vehicle to his son. THANK YOU to Woodhaven Feldman, Detroit Police, Metrotech Automotive Group, Michigan Insurance & Financial Services, Joe Zago & The Carpet Guys, Warthogs Motorcycle Club, Hired Guns Motorcycle Club and Vintage Blossoms Flowers!!

Sheriff Raphael Washington and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Michigan’s Department of Attorney General, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wayne County Executive’s Office held an Expungement Fair on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit. The event assisted individuals in obtaining expungements for eligible misdemeanor and felony convictions and provided information to individuals seeking expungements of other eligible convictions in Wayne County.

“For most of these people, it has been a long time coming – decades for many,” said Sheriff Raphael Washington. “And some were desperate. They’ve been passed over for jobs, housing, and other opportunities, and have been judged by one mistake from long ago. Many of these folks have been trying to move on but continue to be burdened by their pasts. We hope we can help them start their new lives. I am incredibly grateful to our enthusiastic partners. The dedication and immediate willingness to [...]

Kudos to Wayne County Sheriff Sergeant Phil Migliaccio, WCSO Officer Michael Dennis, and Dearborn Heights Police Dispatch. They notified Sgt. Migliaccio and Ofc. Dennis that a 25-year-old man overdosed the afternoon of Friday, July 22, 2022, and said the man’s girlfriend was performing CPR. They responded within 4-5 minutes and administered 4 doses of Narcan. The man was taken to Garden City Hospital by Dearborn Heights Medics and is OK. Just another day on the job for some of these men and women! PS. Ofc. Dennis just graduated from the Police Academy two months ago!

Check out what our Dive Team and Marine Unit has been up to this week! They conducted dive training using what’s called Jackstay search patterns. That’s when two anchors are connected to a line and it guides the diver on the bottom of the river in order to cover a specific area. This increases our coverage of the area and our chances of recovering victims or objects underwater.

Good food, music, dancing and conversations! It was all about our seniors on Senior Friendship Day in #Detroit on Monday, July 19th! We had so much fun at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater. Thank you to the Detroit Area Agency on Aging for having Sheriff Washington and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The day included raffles, fitness education, health screenings and a free lunch!

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Detroit Police, Livonia Police, Dearborn Police, and Dearborn Heights Police conducted a Mock Traffic Stop Simulation event to give newer drivers a better understanding of how to conduct themselves during a traffic stop, and in turn, foster a stronger relationship between law enforcement and the community.


1. Make sure the car is in park.
2. Turn radio down or off.
3. Roll down driver side window. If windows are tinted, roll all windows down.
4. Place hands on steering wheel.
5. If it’s dark outside, turn on interior light.
6. Please, no sudden moves. Always inform the Officer what you are about to do.

THANK YOU to our partners: Competition Corvette Club of Michigan and Greater Grace Temple.

WATCH more from our Mock Traffic Stop Simulation:

After receiving numerous complaints from Harper Woods neighbors, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Harper Woods Police teamed up for a two-day crackdown on speeders and other violators in specific areas of concern. “It’s summertime, and there’s children out here playing in their yards,” said Sheriff Washington. “If balls roll out in the street, they chase them. We have to slow down in these residential neighborhoods!” Mayor Valerie Kindle joined HW Dir. of Public Safety Jason Hammerle and Sheriff Washington and their teams to help get the message out as well.

“It’s an ache that keeps coming, every time we hear one of our own has been killed in the line of duty, and this one truly hurts. Officer Courts was near and dear to our hearts. He came from a loving law enforcement family and his father worked closely with members of our agency. Our hearts are with all of them. Another hero was taken while trying to protect and serve all of us. We are losing too many brothers and sisters in blue and too many civilians to gun violence. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office sends all our love and support to the Detroit Police Department and to the loved ones of fallen Officer Courts. We are also thinking of the family of that suspect. Let’s come together and lift them all in prayer.”

– Sheriff Raphael Washington

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office had a blast in Westland at Senior Funfest 2022 presented by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans! Sheriff Washington even got to read off some of the Bingo numbers. We all enjoyed snacks, games and music… And the weather was beautiful! Thank you to all who made this day happen!

The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) held a groundbreaking ceremony at its 707 West Milwaukee headquarters to break ground for the city of Detroit’s first Clinical Care Center. “What a historical occasion,” said Sheriff Washington. “Thank you DWIHN for all of your hard work! The new Clinical Care Center in Detroit will add 39 beds and provide alternative services for individuals in psychiatric crisis. We NEEDED this! Thank you again and congratulations DWIHN. You truly are changing and saving lives!” The facility is scheduled to open in early 2023 will be a place where adults and children can be evaluated to determine their medical necessity for crisis level services. It will be a 24-hour Clinical Care Center.

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