John Wilson, Clare County Sheriff
We currently have 177 inmates lodged in the jail which consist of 72 local, 22 Federal, 81 Renters, and 2 Department of Corrections. During the month of November 2013 the Clare County Central Dispatch logged 3,304 incidents in which you Deputies handled 2001 of those calls. There were 24 Home Invasions/Breaking and Entering investigated during the month. 5 were in Lincoln, 4 each in Garfield and Hayes, 3 each in Surrey, Freeman, and Grant, and 1 each in Winterfield and the Village of Farwell.
This fall we experienced three different bank robberies, 2 in Harrison and 1 in Lake. This is very unusual to have one let alone three within a couple of months of each other in our County. I bring these crimes up to thank all the people who helped in the fast apprehension of the suspects involved, especially the public and the bank employees. There is both good and bad with what we have in technologies today. The good played out in the arrest for these robberies. People are more in tune with what is currently going on in the world because of today’s technology. We strive to keep you, the Clare County public, up to date with what is happening in the crime world through the use of technology. I think back when I first started out working as a Deputy in this county and only a very small number of people even had a car phone. We will continue to try and keep up with changes in technology, to keep you, the public better informed.
I have to say I am very thankful for my entire Corrections Department, from the Lieutenant and Sergeant and all the officers working under them. They are truly the ones who make it possible for this county to financially continue on as it does. Next to property taxes the revenues brought in from renting out jail space is the second largest revenue for the county. Without this revenue we would be facing financial shortfalls to the point of losing employees to layoffs.
As we near the end of 2013 I want to thank all the employees of the Clare County Sheriff’s Office for their sacrifices and hard work. The determination and hard work of our Deputies, Corrections Officers, 911 Dispatchers, and all the support staff make your Sheriff’s Office run smooth and efficient. These people give up time with their families, miss holidays, birthdays, and other events in order to protect your rights under the Constitution of this State and Nation. It takes a special type of an individual to work in these capacities. I want to wish them all a Merry Christmas and I look forward to another great year with all them.
With the very cold temperatures and snow already making an impact on the area, please take some extra time to get to where you are going. Make sure you have a small emergency kit in your vehicle in the case you break down out there, or get stuck in the snow. Remember to yield to Road Commission trucks working out there to clear your way.
Lastly I want to wish all of you a very Merry CHRISTmas from my family to yours. I wish you all a very Happy and Safe New Year.
Like Always, GOD Bless
Sheriff John S. Wilson