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to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office’s very first Citizens’ Academy Graduates! We couldn’t have asked for a better group of dedicated volunteers! We had a great time ending the program with certificates, t-shirts and a Graduation dinner at The Lava Grille in Northville.

Interested in joining the next Academy? It’s a concentrated 5-week training program that provides members of the community with a unique behind-the-scenes experience through instruction, tours, hands-on activities, demos and more!! Email Regina Parks for more info:



BOAT SMART! Since the Covid-19 pandemic left so many of us stuck at home and away from family and friends, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has, understandably, seen more and more people out on the water trying to let loose and enjoy themselves. “We’re seeing many more first-time boaters and Jet Skiers out on the water,” said Sheriff Raphael Washington. “We’re also seeing substantially more younger boaters than in years past. We all know a fun day out on the water can change in a second, so we want to do our best to make sure everyone is prepared. Let’s have a great summer on the water!” Check out our Boating Safety Course here: WCSO Marine Division BOATING SAFETY COURSE | Sheriff Connect

Sheriff Raphael Washington joined local workers, union leaders, community partners and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II at the Transcending: Michigan Labor Legacy Monument in Detroit’s Hart Plaza. “We honor the ones who came before us, who created laws and safety measures that could be improved upon,” said Sheriff Washington. “We recognize those who created the very measures that are in place today in so many industries. Those measures are ever-changing as life creates new obstacles, but the foundation was built strong and true. To all of those who came before us, and left us too soon, we say thank you.”

Thousands of marshmallows fell from a helicopter and hundreds of Easter eggs were hunted! Easter baskets and toys were also given away. Such a fun time in Inkster! Thank you for allowing the WCSO to be a part of this FREE, annual event. Special thanks to the Inkster Police Department, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, and ALL who worked so hard to make the event extra special this year! The kids loved it!

Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington joined Wayne County Commissioners Raymond Basham and Alisha Bell, along with the Brownstown Township Police Department and Michigan State Police to discuss a texting and driving initiative during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Michigan law prohibits distracted driving and can result in a $100 fine with increased penalties for recurring offenses. Last year, there were 14,236 crashes in Michigan involving a distracted driver, according to Traffic Crash Facts.

Sheriff Raphael Washington and members of the WCSO joined Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to pass out Easter baskets, toys and food in River Rouge. We’re thankful for the work of DRMM, which provides necessary food, clothing and shelter – even job training to those in need in our community. For more information, please visit

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office’s very first Citizens’ Academy started April 12th! It will run through May 10th, 2022. It is a concentrated 5-week training program that provides members of the community a unique behind-the-scenes experience. Wayne County Sheriff’s volunteers will learn by instruction, tours, hands-on activities, demos and more! Classes will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Apply for the next Citizens’ Academy by emailing Regina Parks at !

We must thank our hardworking communications and dispatch teams during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Here are just a few of them. One of our dispatchers, Skipper, even wore an Easter Bunny suit to work! They’re the BEST!

It was a privilege to partner with Detroit Police Chief James White and the Detroit Police Department. Between both agencies, we were able to donate about 175 expired, bulletproof vests to support Ukrainian forces fighting Russia’s invasion. We hope these can help keep citizens safe as they defend their country and themselves. #prayersforpeace -Sheriff Washington

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