The Sheriff Enforcement Team (S.E.T.)
The Sheriff Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) is a group of Macomb Sheriff Detectives who investigate violent crimes, conduct narcotics investigations, performs surveillance, execute search warrants, makes fugitive apprehensions, and handle major/sensitive investigations.
Members of S.E.T. work with Crimestoppers, confidential informants, other police agencies, and generate tips from the general public.
Sheriff’s Enforcement Team members also review daily crime reports and develop information from a wide array of sources, both local and statewide. All tips coming into the Office are investigated and whenever possible, criminal cases are developed.
Sheriff’s Enforcement Team members work in an undercover capacity and work varying hours. We are available on short notice to investigate crimes where time is of the essence. In 2015 S.E.T. detectives assigned to Narcotics and Major Crimes opened 549 cases resulting in over 46 search warrants, 300 arrests and $545,426 worth of illegal drugs taken off the street. There were several homicide investigations in 2015 also. The homicide investigations resulted in successful prosecutions in each case.
Under the “umbrella” of the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team, investigators are assigned to Fugitive Apprehension, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (COMET).
The cost to the Macomb County taxpayer, for the Sheriff’s Office to run the Sheriff Special Enforcement Team is $1.00 per year, per person.
At any given time, there are over 5000, active felony and misdemeanor warrants in Macomb County. Members of the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team focus on apprehending these fugitives. These investigators work closely with the United States Marshall Service, and some are federally “deputized” and therefore have nationwide jurisdiction.
The warrants are prioritized with the dangerous felons getting the highest priority.
This “Team” works varying hours and uses every available resource to arrest violent offenders. Using cell phone records, GPS tracking, financial records and citizen tips, they follow the trails of fugitives. In 2015, results for the Fugitive Team resulted in 332 warrants being cleared with 211 arrests. 2016 arrests have already surpassed 2015 totals.
Drug Enforcement Administration
One investigator is assigned full-time to a federal drug investigation Task Force. This Task Force works under the authority of the Drug Enforcement Agency. This investigator develops cases through tips received from the DEA. The investigator assigned to the DEA Task Force focuses on lengthy and complex investigations and those that span multiple jurisdictions.
County of Macomb Enforcement Team
The Sheriff’s Office has members assigned to C.O.M.E.T. This State Police run group was originally formed in 1982, and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has been a participant since its inception.
Investigators assigned to COMET are partially funded by the Edward Byrne Federal/Memorial Grant. The federal grant pays one-third of the expense of the three investigators assigned. Much of the remaining expense is obtained through the forfeiture of assets.
COMET makes annual disbursements (taken from forfeiture funds) to participating departments. They typically conduct over 100 narcotics investigation in any given year, and the caseload is steadily increasing.
The cost to the Macomb County taxpayer, for the Sheriff’s Office to run the County of Macomb Enforcement Team is $.22 (twenty-two cents) per year, per person.
The wide range of training, resources, and diverse personnel assigned to the Macomb Sheriff Enforcement Team makes the group invaluable in addressing the changing crime trends in Macomb County. Whether the problem is drugs sales, armed robberies, or home invasions, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team has the ability to assemble quickly and the expertise to address the problem.
Every effort is made to capture grant monies from our law-enforcement partners as well as auctioning forfeiture items, to off-set the expense to the taxpayers of Macomb County.