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Wayne County Sheriff's Office

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

We welcomed the first Wayne County Sheriff’s Office graduates of 2022 in March! After completing the seven-week program, these students showed they have what it takes to serve the people of Wayne County. “I couldn’t be prouder of these graduates and the hard work they’ve all put in,” said Sheriff Washington. “I look forward to adding many more members to our team! Congratulations to the class of March 2022!”

Captain Sims and Corporal Cadez, part of our S.C.O.U.T. team, hit the streets on St. Patrick’s Day. Fox 2 News rode along and encountered no drunk driving stops. Captain Sims says traffic stops like that have dropped with people being smarter about drinking and not driving. You can watch the story here: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says trend of drunk driving incidents is down on St. Patrick’s Day (

Sheriff Washington and Undersheriff Jaafar have been spending as many moments as they can this month reading to elementary and middle school children across Wayne County. Here you see Undersheriff Jaafar reading “Bad Kitty” to 5th graders at River Oaks Middle School. Sheriff Washington said several children at the elementary schools he has been visiting even said they wanted to become Sheriff Deputies! Both said they wished they could do this every day.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Marine Division, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge, will be conducting Basic Boating Safety Courses beginning in March 2022. The courses will be held at the John D. Dingell Jr. Visitor Center at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge 5437 West Jefferson Avenue, Trenton, MI 48183 Map and directions are detailed below.


Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington joined Detroit Police Chief James White and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Tuesday, February 22nd to urge gun owners to be responsible with their weapons. “I have a 2-year-old grandchild, and when she unexpectedly comes over to my house, I have to think first, right away: ‘where are my guns,’” said Sheriff Washington. Detroit police statistics show that in just the first seven weeks of 2022, six children in the city were shot because they (or another child) got their hands on a loaded and unsecured firearm. In 2021, 67 children were shot Detroit and nine were killed. Free gun locks are available at the Wayne County Sheriff’s office and at any Detroit Police precinct.

This is what we do at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office! We continued our tradition of handing out blankets to our homeless community in Detroit. We visited the Pope Francis Center and two Capuchin Soup kitchens. Knowing we are helping our less fortunate citizens warms our hearts! Special thanks goes to Hearts of Humanity Michigan for supplying the cozy blankets for our less privileged.

Today 29-year-old Deandre Williams of Detroit was sentenced to 50-75 years in prison for the murder of 50-year-old Wayne County Sheriff’s Corporal Bryant Searcy. Cpl. Searcy was brutally murdered doing the job he loved. The callous and calculated killing of this 18-year veteran was nothing short of monstrous. A wife lost her devoted partner and a daughter lost her loving father. Cpl. Searcy’s friends, colleagues and this community lost a loyal servant and kind spirit in him. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office continues to hold Cpl. Searcy’s grieving family in our thoughts and in our prayers.

“Drugs are killing our children, neighbors and society. I’m sick of this, and I know you are, too,” said Sheriff Washington. “The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a narcotics complaint about a month ago, and I’d like to commend my tireless staff for a job well done taking down another drug house in Detroit. Special thanks to the WCSO operations division, narcotics unit, special response team and executive staff. This is just the beginning. Let’s take down some more!”
One suspect arrested.

Loaded weapon
Approx. 9.5 grams/33 packs of crack
Approx. 7 grams/29 packs of heroin

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