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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year.
As of the morning of May 13, 2019, the United States has lost 41 law enforcement officers in line of duty deaths for 2019. In 2018 there were 163 officers that died in the line of duty. Since 1791, there have been 23,720 known line of duty deaths in America. Please take time this week and thank a law enforcement officer for what they do. Please pray and continue to pray for all law enforcement officers of this great country and the families who have lost loved ones.
If you happen to drive by our office this week you will notice the row of several Thin Blue Line flags that line the sidewalk. Each year Lt. Ed Williams takes it upon himself to go above and beyond in decorating, not only the outside of the office, but also the entire front part of the office in police memorial decorations. He also puts on a picnic for all our Deputies and their families in honor of Law Enforcement Memorial Week.
During the month of April 2019, the Clare County Central Dispatch logged 3,102 incidents for the entire county. Of those 3,102, your deputies handled 1,726 of those incidents. We have geared up for the summer months getting our recreational equipment ready to go. Our boats have been primed and are ready for the water. Our dive team will be doing some training in the near future to freshen up on their skills under water.
I would like to congratulate Detective Don VanBonn, Deputy Bill Sharp, and Deputy Keli Bailey on being selected to represent the Clare County Sheriff’s Office as members of the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force. Deputies were put through a physical test and were interviewed by commanders of the team. This task force consists of all counties north of U.S. 10 to the Mackinac Bridge. The three deputies will spend a week at Camp Grayling training with other new members of this task force. Clare County will benefit from this by adding resources available to us in cases where a tactical team, dive team, or other incidents where more manpower is needed than what is available to us. Good luck to all three in your training.
I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day. Our deepest respect and thanks go out to each and every member of the Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do today.
Like Always, GOD Bless
Sheriff John S. Wilson