Sheriff’s Message for Winter '16
As we embark upon the holiday season, I wanted to take a few moments and reflect upon the last year.
As of this writing, there have been 61 police officers shot and killed in the line-of-duty in our country. This represents a sharp increase from previous years. As the head of a large law enforcement agency, these violent incidents cause us to rethink how we “accomplish” law enforcement in this day and age. The challenges we face as police administrators is to not only to give our police officers the tools that they need, but also to let them know that they are supported; even if a small segment of the population feels otherwise. As your Sheriff, I pledge my full support to providing professional, compassionate police service to ALL of the members of our Community.
Furthermore, I want to remind our police officers that they have the full support of the Sheriff’s Office as they carry out their difficult duties in an increasingly dangerous environment. Macomb County residents can rest assured that the Sheriff’s Office is up-to-the-task.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, we at the Sheriff’s Office are delighted with the strong show of support we have been experiencing from the community. The displays of appreciation we have received over the year have been nothing less than amazing. Whether you dropped off a package at the Sheriff’s Office, took the time to write a short note, or gave us a smile and a wave, it all shows your support and commitment to law enforcement. We at the Sheriff’s Office have always had the benefit of boundless community support. And for that, we thank-you.
As we close out 2016, another issue of great importance to our agency are traffic concerns we are having in Macomb County. While some communities in southeast Michigan have experienced population decreases, we in Macomb County have been benefitting from an influx of new residents. With all this growth, comes extra congestion on our roadways. As of this writing, the Sheriff’s Office has had the difficult task of investigating 16 fatal car crashes in the first 11 months of 2016. Two recent crashes investigated by our Agency illustrate the seriousness of the issue: On November 4th, a 14 year-old Macomb Township girl was killed as she crossed Heydenreich Road on her way to school. To compound the tragedy, the driver was another Dakota High School student.
The very next day, the Sheriff’s Office policed another pedestrian fatality, this one on Hall Road when a Macomb Township man was tragically killed as he crossed Romeo Plank on his bicycle on his way home from work.
As the state and local governments look for ways to improve our infrastructure, we at the Sheriff’s Office have given traffic-safety a high priority in the coming year. As a motorist travelling the roadways, you can expect to see extra deputies on patrol on roadways in our County. We will be using targeted patrols on roadways where statistics have shown a higher level of crashes. The Sheriff’s Office will be doing its part with the ultimate goal of making the roadways safer for vehicular traffic and for the pedestrians who share our roadways.
In the meantime, as you travel the busy roads through our County, please watch out for others.
With the holidays upon us, take a moment out of your hectic schedules to check-in on family, friends and neighbors.
On behalf of all of the hardworking men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who proudly serve the citizens of Macomb County, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Sheriff Anthony M Wickersham