Message from Your Sheriff:
As we usher in 2014 I wanted to share with everyone some of the accomplishments in 2013, and discuss some of the challenges we face in the New Year.
In January of last year we entered into an arrangement to provide policing services in the Village of New Haven. We were able to provide employment for the former New Haven officers and we managed to provide enhanced services to the community at a cost savings.
On April 1st, we began to provide emergency dispatching services for the Charter Township of Clinton. We were able to provide job opportunities for the former Clinton Township dispatchers and provide dispatching services at a cost-savings to the taxpayers of Clinton Township.
The County opened the COMTEC (Communications and Technology Center) on December 19th. The Center is in the renovated Department of Roads building located at 117 S. Groesbeck in Mt. Clemens. The building is home to the Information Technology Department, the Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Roads. In mid-January, the Sheriff Dispatch services will be moved to this location.
We have instituted a new visiting procedure at the Sheriff’s Office and we no longer allow the public into the confines of the Jail. People wishing to visit with residents of the County Jail will now sit in front of a computer monitor located in the Annex, on the west side of the Sheriff Office. The inmates will stay in their respective housing unit and stand in front of a computer monitor for their half-hour, weekly visit. Utilizing this new technology reduces the amount of inmate movement inside of the facility and it simplifies the process for the public wishing to visit with a family member or friend.
The New Year will also present some new challenges.
We are working to find a long term solution to our inmate housing problems. We had another incident this year where overcrowding in the Jail nearly triggered the implementation of an emergency release of non-violent offenders. After seven consecutive days of overcrowding and with the cooperation of the courts, we managed to reduce the inmate population to avoid the releases. While we were able to overcome the problem temporarily, we need to revisit our commitment to finding a permanent solution to the overcrowding issues in an antiquated Jail facility.
As your Sheriff, I have an obligation to provide a safe and secure environment to house the prisoner population. I will continue to advocate for modern Jail facility that will address the growing inmate population and meet our needs long into the future.
During the summer, we will begin to provide emergency dispatching services for the residents of Sterling Heights. We are anticipating a smooth transition, no interruption in service and a cost savings for the residents of Sterling Heights.
Finally, I would like to encourage everyone to “Bookmark” the MacombSheriff.com website and make frequent visits. We will provide our website visitors with current information about the operation of the Sheriff’s Office in an easy-to-use format.
In closing, I am proud of the accomplishments of 2013 and I am looking forward to a new year full of exciting opportunities.
I hope we all enjoy a safe and prosperous 2014.
Macomb County Sheriff
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Sheriff Anthony Wickersham