News from your Sheriff

March 9, 2017

Well we made it into March without too many major issues in the County.  I’m ready for the mud, dampness, and rain to go away, but living here your entire life

John Wilson

John Wilson

you know that’s not going to happen this early in the year.  During the months of January and February, the Clare County Central Dispatch logged 5,911 incidents for the entire County.  We currently have 173 Inmates staying in our jail which consist of 94 local, 3 Department of Corrections, 53 Federal, and 23 Renters.
We have been working with several other agencies investigating numerous Home Invasions and Breaking and Entering complaints.  The crimes that were committed in Clare County were located in the west and northwest areas of the County.  This group of suspects also broke into several homes and buildings in Osceola, and Missaukee Counties.  At this time, we believe they are responsible for at least 10 breaking and entering in Clare County and believe there will be more discovered.  They are believed to be responsible for 20 in Missaukee and Osceola.  Most of the area involved is very rural, and we believe that some have not even been reported as of this time.  Both Det. Binger and Det. VanBonn and Detectives from the other Counties involved have worked hard in retrieving a lot of the stolen property.  This was a group effort between the Michigan State Police, Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Clare County Sheriff’s Office.

Recently, we have gone to the Board of Commissioners and asked that they look into a plan to put back into the infrastructure of the jail.  We still have part of the 1957 section, and the 1988 section in use today.  That last addition to the jail was completed 20 years ago and is in need of some basic work.  We are running into problems that 10 years ago were not an issue. We only have 3 holding cells that we can put inmates that need direct observation in.  There are a couple dorm cells that need more secure ways to enter them than the way it is done now.  The locations of our maximum security cells is in the 1957 portion of the building.  These cells need to be brought up to the times.  With the room given, we could revamp that area and gain more space for inmates that require segregation.  We need to upgrade the entire camera system in the jail with higher definition cameras and more cameras in areas we feel we are lacking.  With the amount of revenue coming in from the jail, we laid a basic plan out of how to pay for what is needed to be done without taking from the general fund and asking for more money from the county.  We will keep you up to date as we work our way through this.
That’s all for this time.

Like Always:    GOD Bless
Sheriff John S. Wilson

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