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Community survey on law enforcement


 

N-MCOLESHere is your chance to tell the state how your local law enforcement agency is doing, and what you’d like to see happen to make your community safer.

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) has released a community survey to help gauge public trust as it works to complete a study for Gov. Rick Snyder.

On Oct. 4, 2016, Gov. Snyder issued Executive Directive 2016-2, telling MCOLES to “undertake a study and produce by May 1, 2017, a public report addressing the topic of fostering public trust in law enforcement.”

MCOLES is a state commission that sets standards for the law enforcement profession in Michigan, including recruiting, training, and professional licensing (www.michigan.gov/mcoles).

“Community engagement and community policing activities can advance the legitimacy of law enforcement across the state. Only through community partnerships can law enforcement reduce crime and disorder at the local level,” said Commission Chair Sheriff Jerry Clayton, “The report will offer practical steps that can be taken to strengthen police community relations and enhance the legitimacy of law enforcement in Michigan.”

When completed, the report will offer a set of recommendations to strengthen public trust and confidence in law enforcement in communities across Michigan. The goal is to determine how residents and law enforcement can work together to make local communities safe and secure. The governor also directed MCOLES to “consider the status of community relationships and what factors can impact the public’s trust.” In order for the recommendations to be meaningful MCOLES is seeking input from residents across the state.

A short survey is now available online for residents to comment on how to advance police-community relations in their area. All communities are not the same and local residents have unique issues and concerns that need to be addressed. Responses will be organized and evaluated by Commission workgroups and the comments will form the basis for the final recommendations of the report.

To take the survey online, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ExeDir2016-2. The link will remain open until March 20, 2017.

Some items on the survey contain check-boxes while others seek open-ended comments. MCOLES wants residents to share their thoughts on how police community relations in their area can improve. But if relations are working well, MCOLES also wants to hear about success stories.

MCOLES also has established a special e-mail box so citizens can freely share general ideas. All comments will be considered but MCOLES wants respondents to focus on police community relations in their area. To submit general comments, or submit documents for consideration residents should send an email to MCOLES ExecDir2016-2@michigan.gov.

Those responding to the survey or e-mail box will not be identified personally. MCOLES asks for a zip code to ensure all areas of Michigan are surveyed and there are three questions that ask for gender, race, and age. The survey does not ask for names or other personal information.

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Snowmobile Violations – Leaving the scene of a property damage accident.


OUT-Snowmobile-Conservation-officer-logoby Sgt. John Jurcich

 

The Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, continues to seek information related to a hit and run snowmobile crash which killed one dog and seriously injured a second dog along Simonelli Road in Fruitland Township of Muskegon County on the evening of February 16th 2014.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. two Fruitland Township residents were at the end of a driveway while snow was being cleared and mail was being retrieved from a mailbox along this lightly traveled rural road. Two vehicles were visible at the end of the driveway with tractor lights illuminating the road at the time of the incident.  Two Brittany Spaniels, owned by one of the residents, briefly ran into the gravel roadway and were returning to the drive when a lone snowmobile approaching from the north, traveling the center of the roadway at a high rate of speed appeared. The snowmobile continued at high speed striking both dogs within twenty feet of the owner and witness. The suspect vehicle did not slow or brake prior to or after the collision.  One dog died on scene after being thrown 114 feet, and the second dog required emergency care and surgery in Grand Rapids with veterinary bills totaling more than $6,000.

The snowmobile was last observed at the intersection of Simonelli and Lakewood Roads. Conservation Officers and local law enforcement have been working leads related to this incident but continue to seek additional information. Investigators may be seeking a mid to late 1990s, Polaris snowmobile, dark in color, being operated by a lone occupant. This snowmobile may have left the Berry Junction Trail or the City of Whitehall just prior to the incident and may have been returning to Fruitland or the Laketon Township area at the time of the crash.

Snowmobiles in Muskegon County may operate to the extreme right of the “right of way” or plowed portion of the roadway.  Speeds may not exceed those posted or designated to normal vehicular traffic.  Under Michigan Snowmobile and Motor Vehicle Code laws, snowmobiles involved in a crash causing property damage or human injury, must stop at the scene to provide information.

Information may be provided to the DNR Report All Poaching Hotline at 1 800 292-7800 or the Muskegon Silent Observer at 72-Crime.

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Area law enforcement aid in finding suspect


The Cedar Springs Police joined other area police agencies in assisting the Kent County Sheriff Department during a break-in at the Michigan Natural Storage in Alpine Township last week.
According to the KCSD, they responded to a business alarm at the facility, at 12:47 a.m., located at 5899 Comstock Park Drive NW. A suspicious vehicle was found at the facility, and officers set up a perimeter around the business, utilizing officers from numerous agencies, while a Grand Rapids K9 officer conducted a search.
The suspect, identified as Allen Monroe Grays, 40, of Grand Rapids, refused to give  himself up and was seen trying to exit at different points around the facility. A team was assembled to enter the building and locate the suspect. After an extensive interior search, Gray was found hiding on an upper storage shelf behind numerous boxes, and taken into custody.
Grays confessed to this break-in and prior break-ins at the facility. He was stealing boxes full of packaged meat. When police caught him, he had thousands of dollars worth of product loaded and ready to take from the building. He admitted selling product from prior break-ins on the street for cash, and said he also used it to feed his family. Grays said he was having a hard time making ends meet and that he did have the intention of providing for his family with this crime.
He was arraigned on January 12 on one count of Breaking and Entering with attempt to steal, and one count of being a habitual offender, 4th offense. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety.
Besides Cedar Springs Police, the Kent County Sheriff Department was assisted by Walker PD, Rockford PD, Sparta PD and the Grand Rapids PD.

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