Category Archives: Police & Fire

Huron Township Police to grow beards for charity during ‘No-shave November’

Huron Township Department Police Department policy does not allow for officers to wear beards while in uniform. However, if you see a Huron Township Police Officer sporting a beard over the next two months, they are not breaking the rules. The Police Department has decided to participate in “No Shave November” to support our annual Shop with a Hero Program. Each Officer will donate money to the event to allow the opportunity to grow a beard this holiday season.

To make this even better, we want to get our residents involved. On the evening of our Shop with a Hero event, we will have a best beard contest. The best beard contest will be judged by the resident group that assisted us in passing millage fliers out this past summer. All money raised will be donated to the Shop with a Hero event in the name of the resident group that assisted with Millage Fliers. The winning beard (officer) will win a free night off work to be worked by Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins.

Donte to the fundraiser by visiting this GoFundMe link

Unfortunately, due to safety standards relating to the use of equipment, our firefighters cannot participate by growing facial hair. However, we do not want to leave them out of this since they are a crucial part of our Shop with a hero event. So, we are offering the residents the opportunity to “adopt a firefighter” for this event. For a donation of $50 towards our Shop with a Hero event, a resident can grow a beard and support the fire department. At the Shop with a Hero event, we will have a separate beard contest for those that adopted a firefighter. The contest will be judged by members of our fire staff. The winner of this contest will receive their choice of a ride to work, as local as possible, or their child to be taken to school in a fire truck. Those interested in adopting a firefighter can drop their payment off at the Huron Township Police Department in care of Director Robbins or donate to our Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program. Please be sure to note on the Go Fund Me page that your donation is towards the “adopt a firefighter” program.

“I think this is a fun way for our departments and the residents to come together for a great cause. Our Shop with a Hero Program is special because it is funded by the big hearts in our community. What better reason to come together than making the Christmas season special for some deserving children? No kid should ever wake up without a Christmas,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

“Our public safety staff approach me on a regular basis and ask how they can get more involved with and help our community. This is a great way to bring everyone together. They have a tough job some days and I can’t wait to see them come together and have a little fun for a good cause.”

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety


 

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Huron Township Fire Department conducts training at former DeAngelo’s Pizza building in New Boston

The Huron Township Fire Department conducted training exercises at the former DeAngelo’s Pizza in New Boston on Saturday. (All photos courtesy of Huron Department of Public Safety.)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The Huron Township Fire Department conducted training exercises at the former DeAngelo’s Pizza building at 37302 Huron River Drive in New Boston on Saturday.

The training consisted of a controlled burn, concrete wall breaching, and ventilation exercises.

DeAngelo’s closed for business about a week ago and the department was able to use the building for training.

“We were very pleased to have the opportunity for our fire staff to have the ability to train in a practical, but safe and controlled setting. The command staff did a great job making sure that everyone got the most out of this training opportunity. I know that this building is rich in it’s history in Huron Township, so we wanted to share this training with our residents through pictures,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Photos: Huron Township Fire Department training in downtown New Boston

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Huron Township public safety dispatcher commended for helping save suicidal man’s life

Alexis Powell

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Alexis Powell, a dispatcher with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety, was commended Monday for her swift reaction during a Sept. 9 911 call regarding a man who said he was going to take his life.

In the letter, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins noted how calm and compassionate Powell sounded during the 911 call.

He said that keeping composure is an essential part of a dispatcher’s job, and that Powell did exactly that during the call.

Robbins also said that Powell did a great job relaying important information to responding police units, which prompted a thank you from the Sumpter Township Police Department, who also responded the callers location.

Read the full letter by clicking here

Powell began at the department as an intern, records clerk, and was eventually promoted to dispatcher.


 

Bettendorf graduates from EMU’s police leadership program.

Sgt. Jon Bettendorf (left) receives a diploma after completing training in EMU’s School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program. (Photo courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Sgt. Jon Bettendorf graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program on Oct. 4.

The program is a 10-month training session which meets for one 40-hour week per month.

The School of Police Staff and Command has a reputation for excellence, and is made up of quality instructors and law enforcement professionals who are the foundation of the educational/training program, Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

“Our goal is to provide our public safety command staff with consistent and professional training as it relates to their leadership in delivering quality service to our residents. The Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command is one of the preeminent programs in the country that focuses on the executive level training and development,” he said.

“Sgt. Bettendorf is growing every day as a leader within our department. I am very proud of this accomplishment for him. This is very intense program and I thank his family for supporting him throughout this past 10 months.”

Other Huron Township Public Safety staff that have graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command include Everette Robbins, director of public safety; James Hinojosa, fire chief; Mark Perkins, deputy police chief; Detective Lt. Leo Girard, Sgt. Robert Kelch, Lt. Bryan Tyitye; Fire Captains Bradley Bauman and Shawn Williams.


 

Public Safety Department updates community on several issues

I wanted to take a moment to update our residents on some things that we have been working on around our community.

First, I have heard many complaints about the garbage issues on South Huron. I also observe these issues each and every day. I had a lengthy meeting today with the management of Republic Services (Recycling Center). They were advised that we intended to continue to cite trucks leaving their center and losing garbage onto our roads. At the end of the meeting, they immediately assigned staff to clean South Huron all the way to the freeway as best they could. I witnessed their efforts. They also agreed to hire a street sweeping company to come at least weekly to clean the affected areas. I commend the efforts and thank our residents who took the time to lead clean up efforts on South Huron recently. I promise that we will stay on top of this issue and continue to take enforcement.

Second, we are continuing to take enforcement action against car hauler vehicles impeding traffic at TDSI near Sibley and I-275. Despite hundreds of issued citations, the issue and problem remains. We are working with MDOT and you should see no parking signs on the Sibley ramps very soon. We have attempted to work with TDSI management about the issues several times over the last four years and they have not been able or willing to provide an adequate solution. This is a safety issue for our residents and we remain committed to continuing to take enforcement action in that area.

I am in the process of requesting speed studies from Wayne County on multiple roads within the township. We have done this in the past and have not been successful. We will be using up to date statistical information to once again request speed limit adjustments and will update you on the progress of any requests.

Lastly, we have received numerous requests about drivers disregarding stop signs throughout the community. Please take this opportunity to speak to your teen drivers about the importance of obeying traffic signals and please be aware of it as well. Since Oct. 1, our department has issued 22 citations for disobeying a stop sign and 13 citations for avoiding or disobeying a traffic control device. We will not catch every offender, but I want our residents to know we are making every effort to control the problem.

We always make an honest effort to communicate effectively with our residents. I intend to do more of these types of updates to keep you informed as to the issues that affect each of our quality of life. As always, my door is always open. Feel free to drop by, call me at 734-753-4400, or email me at erobbins@hurontwppd.us

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Surveillance footage captures thief targeting Ash Road in Huron Township

Huron Township Police are seeking the identity of this man, who burglarized multiple unlocked cars and sheds on Ash Road in Huron Township between Sept. 22 and 30.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A thief targeted unlocked cars and sheds on Ash Road in Huron Township between Sept. 22 and 30.

While the thief was rummaging through an SUV, a homeowner’s surveillance camera captured him in the act. (View the video below) 

On Sept. 22, officers responded to the 34500 block of Ash for a burglary of an unlocked shed and an unlocked vehicle. A lawn mower was taken from the unlocked shed. A wallet, laptop, and kitchen faucet were taken from the unlocked vehicle.

On Sept. 25, officers responded to the 33900 block of Ash for a larceny from an unlocked car. Tools were taken from the car.

On Sept. 30, officers responded to the 34100 block of Ash for a report of a burglary to an unlocked garage. Tools were stolen from the garage.

Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said some of the calls may have been delayed in reporting to police, and it is possible they occurred on different dates than initially reported.

“I can’t stress the importance of residents locking their cars, homes, and outbuildings. Thieves are looking for quick scores and easy targets. In many cases, not all, thieves will move on from a locked item and find one that is unlocked,” Robbins said.

Anyone who can identify the thief should contact the Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau at 734-753-4400.


 

Former interns hired-on with Huron Township Public Safety Department

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety has hired several employees who have been products of the Huron Township Public Safety Intern Program that was established in late 2014. Our organization has established relationships with numerous colleges and universities throughout the state. Interns are assigned to different divisions within our department depending on their areas of study. Interns are unpaid positions who receive college credit in return for their work time.

“I am very proud of the success of our internship and co-op program. Recruiting and retention of quality employees is always a challenge in public safety. What better way for not only us to get to know them, but also for them to get to know our organization. It is never lost on me that each of them could have chosen to work anywhere they wanted, but still chose our organization,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

The following are employees hired following successful completion of our intern/ co-op program:

Jordan Longenbarger was an intern for the Huron Township Police Department in 2017 and 2018 from Spring Arbor University. Longenbarger graduated from the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy on September 14th, 2018. He was sworn in as a Huron Township Police Officer at the Board of Trustees meeting on September 26th, 2018 by Clerk Jeremy Cady. He is pictured below with his mother, Kate, following the swearing in ceremony.

“Jordan came to our department as an intern and earned instant respect from all of us with his positive attitude. He is an extremely intelligent and motivated young officer. I was so proud to watch Jordan walk across the stage and graduate in our uniform. Immediately following graduation, he told me that he is very excited to become a part of this community and get to know our residents. I have been fortunate to know Jordan and his family for several years. He comes from a great family that has a tradition of being in Law Enforcement, beginning with his uncle and his father Dan. We are lucky to have Jordan with us and know that anything is possible for him,” Robbins said.

Jordan Longenbarger (left) and Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety.

Ryan Wright was officially hired as a firefighter at the Board of Trustees meeting on September 26th, 2018. Ryan will be attending firefighter training this month and upon graduation, will become a paid-on-call firefighter. Ryan was the first ever Huron Township Department of Public Safety Co-op student in partnership with Summit Academy Schools during the 2017-2018 school year.

“The relationship that we developed with Ryan was exactly what we hoped to achieve with the implementation of our student co-op program. I have never seen a young man more eager to learn. He came highly recommended by all the High School Staff at Summit Academy North High School and we thank them for allowing him to work with us. He has an incredible work ethic and deserves this opportunity and jump start into adult life. I can wait to see his future achievements,” Robbins said.

Ryan Wright (left) with his mom, Elizabeth.

Angelica Gonzales was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety in 2016 from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently the records clerk for the Huron Township Fire Department.

“Angelica mastered so many of the duties of the records department as an intern that we knew we had to find a way to make her a part of our team. She quietly comes to work everyday and goes above and beyond to make sure the records department runs efficiently. She is the first friendly face our residents see when they come to our department and I feel very fortunate to have her with us,” Robbins said.

Angelica Gonzales

Alexis Powell was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety in January of 2017 out of the University of Michigan Dearborn. She was initially hired as a records clerk in July of 2017 and promoted to the position of full-time dispatcher in November of 2017.

“Alexis has quickly established herself as a well-respected and trusted dispatcher who I am very proud of. The importance of an emergency dispatcher is often underestimated, but there is no doubt that dispatchers are the glue that holds everything together and the ones that make sure we all go home safely to our families each night. Almost every day an officer or a firefighter make it a point to tell me how much they trust Alexis and appreciate her efforts. To me, that is the ultimate show of respect for a young lady that I believe can achieve anything she sets her mind to in this profession,” Robbins said.

Alexis Powell

Officer Vincent Price is currently assigned to the Traffic Services Division of the Huron Township Police Department. He was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety out of Baker College in 2014 and 2015. Since being hired, he has become a PPCT Instructor and Accident Reconstruction Investigator.

“Vinnie established himself quickly earned respect as an intern with his team first attitude. He was our first intern to graduate the police academy and walk across the stage in the Huron Township uniform. He had the opportunity to work anywhere he wanted and chose our community and for that, I am grateful. He is a quiet leader and professional officer who is a great example to us all. He has great work ethic and never has a bad day. The sky is the limit for what he can achieve, and I am proud to be a small part of what I know will be a great career,” Robbins said.

Officer Vincent Price

Officer Thomas Smith is currently assigned to the Traffic Services Division of the Huron Township Police Department. He was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety out of Ferris State University in 2014. Since being hired, he has become a Taser Instructor, Field Training Officer, Reserve Officer Coordinator, bicycle patrol unit, and has been honored by MADD multiple times for his efforts to eliminate impaired driving in Huron Township. Officer Smith is a lifelong resident of Huron Township and graduated from Huron High School in 2011.

“Tom is a young man with outstanding character who always puts everyone else first. I am very proud of the hard work and determination that he has shown throughout his life to get here, nothing has ever been given to him. He has taken on multiple responsibilities within our department and puts everything he has into each and every assignment. I am always proud of the great pride that he takes in working in the community where he grew up. He is truly dedicated to this department and more importantly, the residents of Huron Township,” Robbins said.

Officer Thomas Smith

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety