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Posted on: September 2, 2023

Sheriff Notes September 1 2023

  • I’d like to personally thank 100 Women Who Care.   They are a group that donates money to organizations that would utilize the money the right way and put it to good use.  They recently donated to our Victim Service Unit.  That is a Unit here made up of volunteers that aid in helping victims of tragedies.  The unit gets dispatched to scenes by our dispatch center to be with victims, walk them through processes, give them needed information to get them through incidents, be there to support victims as well as aid first responders, law enforcement, fire departments, etc.  
  • Our detective was able to recover numerous stolen items taken from larcenies and break-ins in the community.  Multiple people are being charged with involvement in the items and incidents. 
  • Dispatcher Tom Bush was promoted to Dispatch Supervisor.  Tom has an extensive history of wearing multiple hats giving back to the community as well as our office.  Not only is he now a supervisor here in our dispatch center, he’s also been a part of our marine division as well as the current Assistant Fire Chief for the Decatur-Hamilton Fire Department. 
  • I was recently appointed to be on the Opioid Advisory Commission in Lansing.  It’s truly an honor to represent law enforcement on that commission.  I also set on the county opioid advisory commission.  Opioid’s have been taking a toll on this state as well as our nation, so I am glad to be able to have a voice to help combat the problem as well as help with finding solutions. 
  • Our office handled a single vehicle traffic crash which resulted in a 21-year-old Bangor man losing his life at the scene.  The crash happened in the 52000 block of M43 hwy in Arlington Township.                                 
  • Detective Miriam Sipes, an 18-year veteran of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, was recently recertified in child passenger safety seat installation. This day-long training took place at the Portage Department of Public Safety complex.  This is an in-depth training in which officers must pass all portions, including classroom education, written exams, and practical exams. I’d like to inform people that the purpose of sending deputies to such vital training is to educate parents on the importance of proper installation and use of child safety seats.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that nearly 46% of car seats and boosters are improperly installed, which increases the risk of injury or death for children.  If you have questions or need assistance installing your child’s car seat properly, please contact our office so we can plan to assist you. 

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