Happy 4th of July America!

June 29, 2017

To me the 4th of July kind of brings all our nations remembrance and celebrations all into one big finale. I love the 4th of July and what it stands for. There is

John Wilson

John Wilson

nothing that says USA like the 4th of July celebrations across this nation. We live in the greatest nation on earth, thanks to God. Please go out and enjoy the festivities and remember if you are lighting fireworks off to please be very careful. Each year we end up having a few people getting burned or injured by fireworks. Over the 4th of July holiday we will have extra officers on to ensure that it is a safe time for all.

As of June 26, 2017 the Clare County Central Dispatch has logged 19,334 incidents for the entire county. The Clare County Sheriff’s Office has handled 13,114 of those incidents. There have been 699 calls for our local fire departments which includes injury accidents and rescue runs, and 1,161 ambulance calls. As you can see our Clare County Central Dispatch Center is a very busy place. We currently have 197 inmates in the jail which consist of 98 local, 6 Department of Corrections, 47 Federal, and 46 Renters.
We are moving in a positive direction with the current and future budgets. The County Commissioners approved the replacement of 2 transport vans for our inmates. You can only imagine the number of miles we put on transport vehicles, in which we usually get several years of use out of them. We are working on obtaining funding through the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission to dedicate more space for inmates to meet with their attorney’s in the jail. Currently we only have one room we use for attorneys to meet with their clients. If approved, this would help fund the remodeling of space in the current jail for these rooms. We are still working on plans of remodeling parts of the jail to better meet the current needs of our facility.

We have been working hand in hand with the Child Advocacy Center on a pole barn project to house the Mobile Child Advocacy Interview Bus. Bethany Law of the CAC is working on a grant to build an insulated, heated building to house this unit, but did not have a location for the building. Bethany came to me about this project and through the approval of the Board of Commissioners we offered the lot at 5th and Oak Street as a building location. The CAC Mobile Unit would take up about half of the space of the projected barn. The County would be able to use the other space to house some of our equipment to keep it out of the weather. I want to thank the Board of Commissioners and Bethany Law for working together on this project.

Like Always, God Bless and Happy Birthday America!

Sheriff John S. Wilson

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