News from your Sheriff
John Wilson, Clare County Sheriff
We currently have 137 inmates lodged in the jail which consist of 72 local, 3 DOC Holds, 8 Federal, and 54 Renters from MDOC. During the month of February 2,666 incidents were noted in Central Dispatch. Your Deputy’s handled 1,742 calls during this time period. 15 Home Invasion\Breaking and Entering were investigated, 4 in Hayes, 2 each in Lincoln, Summerfield, and the City of Harrison, and 1 each in Freeman, Redding, Grant, Surrey, and Garfield.
I know it’s only March but we have already met with Fair Board members about the upcoming Clare County Fair and what will be needed this year to cover the events. Planning this far in advance helps us have everything ready and laid out when the time comes. If it wasn’t for the Clare County Reserves and the Clare County Mounted Division it would not be possible to do what we do for the citizens. Take the night of the concert; we have to have evacuation plans in case of a significant storm or other uncontrolled events where the safety of the crowds would be in jeopardy. Plans will be made to use buildings and different structures in the area in case something like this occurs. On a concert night the crowd within the fairgrounds can reach over 7000 people between the infield and the remaining area of the grounds. We will continue to work hard to make sure that each fair is a safe as possible for all.
We are currently working on a 50/50 match grant that would let us purchase several more Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) for our patrol units. These are portable electronic devices that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient. We currently do not have enough of these units for every patrol unit. There are many of times that our patrol units are close to a person that would benefit from this device, and can get there much faster than a medical unit. This gives the patient that much more of a chance to survive some type of a heart attack.
This coming weekend is the annual Irish Festival in Clare. Each year this event brings hundreds of people to the City of Clare to celebrate. This is one of Clare County’s largest parades during the calendar year. Each year we send several Reserve and Mounted Deputy’s to help the Clare City Police make sure this is as safe for everyone as possible. Please remember if you are going to consume alcohol make sure you have a designated driver.
Like always, GOD Bless
Sheriff John S. Wilson