While the calendar says it is officially Spring, the weather hasn’t been cooperating fully. Hopefully, by the time you read this article we will have seen the last of the snow and the crocuses will begin to make their annual spring appearance.
We have already had a busy 2015 in the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center (COMTEC), on our Road Patrol, and in our Jail.
Dispatching Services Expanded
On February 27th, the Sheriff’s Office began to provide emergency dispatching services for the City of Sterling Heights for both the Police Department and the Fire Department.
The residents of the City of Sterling Heights should not notice any differences in the high-level of service that they have been accustomed to receiving.
The Sheriff’s Dispatch Center now provides emergency dispatching services to 12 communities in Macomb County covering approximately one-half of the County’s entire population. COMTEC is a state-of-the-art facility located on Groesbeck in Clinton Township.
Road Patrol Camera Upgrades
We have been in the process of replacing all of the video-camera systems in each of our patrol cars. More than half of our large patrol fleet is already equipped with the latest technology in high-resolution, dash-mounted, video and audio recording systems. We have had the full backing and support of the Macomb Board of Commissioners in this endeavor and we are certain that the new technology will be beneficial to our staff and the public whom we deal with daily.
Jail Renovations Underway
The Sheriff’s Office is going through some long-overdue renovations to the aging Jail structure. The current Jail was built in sections, with the oldest parts dating back to the early 1950’s. Much of the plumbing in the building has needed to be repaired and otherwise; the 1200 bed structure is being cleaned and painted. These renovations are about half-complete, are on budget and on schedule.
Future Corrections Planning
As your Sheriff, we are beginning to make long-range plans to address our Jail overcrowding issues. We will bring all the proper stake-holders to the table to consider every option. We know that in order to be successful, we will need to involve the Courts, the Prosecutor, the Probation Department, Community Corrections, substance abuse professionals and mental health experts to obtain some creative alternatives to incarceration.
In the end, we hope to create a criminal justice facility that will serve all of the County’s needs for another 25 years; a facility that is technologically advanced and will provide a safe environment for the prisoners and the staff who work here.
On behalf of all of the hardworking men and women of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, have a safe spring and summer season.