Category Archives: Police & Fire

State police to increase patrols during Thanksgiving holiday

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By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Michigan State Police will be increasing their patrols during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Increased drunk driving enforcement patrols will be out in every county across Michigan between Nov. 22 and Dec. 10, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

In 2016, 416 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes.

During the same year, 2,986 of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes were between the ages of 25-34 and 2,279 were 24 or younger.

Of the 980 fatal crashes during 2016 in Michigan, 254 were alcohol-related, involving at least one drinking operator, bicyclist or pedestrian.

On average, more than 10,000 people died nationwide every year in drunk-driving crashes from 2006-2015. One person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 51 minutes in the United States.

“We’re encouraging everyone to pause and do a 360-degree assessment of how they plan to get home safely–before they begin to drink,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the OHSP. “Before you leave for a night out, consider these questions: How will you get there? How will you get home? Who is coming along?”

Visit michigan.gov/360 for more information on how you can plan ahead before you travel this holiday season.

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Help support Huron Township Police’s ‘Shop with a Cop’

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By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The Huron Township Police Department is hosting its fourth annual “Shop with a Cop,” and they are taking donations from the public to help support the event.

Here is a message from the GoFundMe page what was launched by the department.

Last year, we were able to provide a Christmas for five Huron Township children. It was truly the best day of the year. Huron Township Police Officers, Township Board Members, Huron School District staff and their families volunteered their time to make this happen. Our goal is to make this the best Christmas for children that other wise may not have one.

After seeing our event the last couple years, many residents asked us how they could donate to this wonderful cause. We decided to ask our community partners once again for help in this project. Anything will help. We can assure you that every dollar will go towards Huron Township Children and receipts will be publicly published.

To donate, visit gofundme.com/sr3u2-huron-township-shop-with-a-cop.

Police conduct proactive liquor, tobacco sales operation

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Huron Township police conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco sales operation in the community on Oct. 31.

All businesses in the township that sell tobacco and/or liquor were tested for selling to a minor.

“We are pleased to say that every establishment passed the test. We commend our business owners for their continuing attention in this matter,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

The department performs routine operations targeting businesses that sell the products regularly.

“Protecting the youth in the township is a priority of the department, and illegal sales to minors will not be tolerated.”

Police warn residents of recent larcenies from unlocked cars

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor–ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Police are warning residents to lock their vehicles at night after a rash of larcenies have occurred in the area.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety issued a notice to the community Wednesday morning to inform residents about recent larcenies that have occurred from unlocked vehicles.

Several larcenies have also been reported out of Romulus and appear to be connected.

Romulus police released a video on their Facebook page of an alleged suspect. View the video here.

In one instance in Huron, a caller reported a suspicious person in their area on Oct. 31, which possibly scared a thief away.

Here is the full statement from the department of public safety:

Our department, along with neighboring communities, have received several reports of larcenies from vehicles. Some of the reports and suspect descriptions have been consistent with those reported in neighboring communities.

In the early morning hours of October 31st, we received a call from a vigilant resident about suspicious activity in their neighborhood. We had several cars respond and were in the area within minutes. It is believed that the vigilant resident scared the suspects and they fled the area. A very short time later, the Romulus Police Department had a similar incident inside a neighborhood in relatively close proximity to where our incident occurred.

All of the incidents appear to be occurring in neighborhoods within close proximity to the freeway. To my knowledge, all vehicles that have been entered have been unlocked. While I in no way believe that it excuses the behavior of a thief, it unfortunately makes it easy for them.

We will continue to work closely with our neighboring communities to address this issue. This is another reminder to PLEASE LOCK YOUR RESIDENCES AND VEHICLES and do not leave weapons or other valuables in your vehicles overnight. We also ask that you report any suspicious activity or persons inside your community immediately to us at 734-753-4400. Even if it is someone who belongs in the community, they should be thankful that people care enough to report what they see as suspicious.

Anyone with information in regards to the suspects in this investigation, please contact the Huron Township Police Department immediately at 734-753-4400.

 

This article has been updated 

Huron Township Fire Department visits Brown Elementary

Kindergarten students at Brown Elementary learn to stay low in the case of a structure fire. Photos courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Huron Township Fire Department spent the morning of Oct. 20, 2017 with the kindergarten classes at Brown Elementary. The fire staff first conducted a classroom session with each classroom introducing fire safety technique’s such as staying low to avoid smoke, stop drop and roll, and how to call 911.

The students then moved outside where they were able to see a real fire truck and ambulance. Our fire department was joined by paramedics from Huron Valley Ambulance. The students were educated on equipment contained within both the fire engine as well as the ambulance.

At the conclusion of the fire safety educational session, the students got a visit from “Flash,” a horse from the Huron Township Police Mounted Unit. Mounted Unit Officer Cherie Stump educated the kids on horse and animal safety.

Public Safety Director Everette Robbins, Chief Jamie Hinojosa, Battalion Chief Jim Katona, Firefighter Vincent Webb, Paramedic Jeff Stachnik, Firefighter Julius Rea, and Mounted Unit Officer Cherie Stump were present for this educational staff.

“This is just one of many educational sessions we plan on conducting with the children in our schools. I couldn’t be prouder of Chief Hinojosa and his staff for the great work they did with the students. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children,” Robbins said.

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Huron Township police part of nationwide task-force to fight human trafficking

In Detroit, an FBI agent takes a suspected pimp into custody. (2016 Photo/FBI.gov)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Huron Township police were part of a recent nationwide task-force designed to fight underage human trafficking.

During the crackdown spearheaded by the FBI, named Operation Cross Country XI, 12 children were rescued in Michigan.

Additionally, eight human traffickers were arrested and 46 adults were temporarily taken into custody in both the Detroit and Flint areas from Oct. 12-15.

Nationwide, 84 minors were rescued and 120 traffickers were arrested.

“Our agency is a proud partner of the FBI and their efforts to eradicate the exploitation of children through our involvement with the SEMTEC task force and further our participation in Operation Cross Country. As one of the nation’s preeminent task forces focused on human trafficking matters, it is clear each participating department is dedicated to the mission and to the victims of these heinous crimes. I am further grateful to many of the community groups and service providers which have aided in our fight and been there to meet so many of the needs of the children who have been taken advantage of,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Director of Public Safety.

Huron Township has a full time, grant-funded detective assigned to the task-force, as well as a part time member.

Robbins has been on the task-force for six years, and Detective Sterling Price for two years.

“This is unfortunately a problem that affects all of us whether we realize it or not. Many of these victims walk amongst us every day and we don’t even realize it. Every child rescued is given a chance for a better life. There is no better sense of accomplishment than our department being a small part of a great team responsible for making that happen for a child.”

From the archives: Huron Township Police join forces with FBI, other law enforcement agencies to clamp down on juvenile trafficking

This article has been updated

Police officers graduate from specialized training programs

Lt. Leo Girard (left) and Sgt. Bryan Tyitye.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Two veteran Huron Township police officers graduated recently from specialized training programs.

On Oct. 13, Sgt. Bryan Tyitye graduated from the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program. Tyitye graduated with an academic grade of an A+.

Lt. Leo Girard graduated from the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) Computer Evidence Recovery training sponsored by the United States Secret Service. Girard is now a certified Mobile Device Examiner.

The program Tyitye graduated from consists of a 10-month training program which convenes for one 40-hour week per month.

Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command has a reputation for excellence, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said, and is supported by quality instructors and law enforcement professionals who make up the foundation of this unique educational/training program.

“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,” said Robbins.

“Sgt. Tyitye is the true example of a leader who challenges not only himself, but all of us to be better every day. Sgt. Tyitye never has a bad day and his positive attitude is contagious.”

Some facts about Tyitye’s career with Huron Township police:

–1995, began his career with the Huron Township Police Department.
–Been the Summit Academy School Liaison Officer for past 11 years. DARE Certified.
–Worked in Western Wayne auto theft; recipient of HEAT Officer of the year in 2004. Currently one of the departments two salvage inspectors.
–One of two supervisors of Huron Township Explorer Program.
–2015 graduate of the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) Computer Evidence Recovery training sponsored by the United States Secret Service.
–Awarded 2016 Huron Township supervisor of the Year
–Wants to thank his wife, Linda, and his four daughters and energetic grandson for their love and support.

“It was a very proud moment for Sgt. Tyitye to be with his wonderful family as he received his certificate. This is a very intense training which includes a master’s level research project. The residents can look forward to a presentation of his research project at an upcoming board meeting; his project will be something that enriches the already great relationship we have with our community. He represented our community well and he should be proud of his efforts,” Robbins said.

The NCFI training that Girard graduated from was federally funded and there was no cost to Huron Township, which includes the equipment used for these investigations.

“I am very appreciative and proud of Lt. Girard for this accomplishment. I am appreciative that he would spend a month away from his family to bring this new expertise and resource to our residents. I am very proud of the professional way that he represented our department throughout this process. I thank not only him, but his family that gave him so much needed support during this process,” Robbins said.

Information about the training, from the NCFI website:

“Today’s high-tech environment presents new challenges to law enforcement and the justice system as cyber criminals exploit computers, mobile devices and the Internet to threaten our banking, financial and critical infrastructures. Digital technology is used to commit any and every type of crime. Therefore, it is imperative to address the changes in technology by providing training on cyber-investigative techniques and by sharing current expertise.

The National Computer Forensics Institute’s (NCFI) innovative facility and strategic partnership serve to substantially enhance law enforcement efforts to suppress the continually evolving and increasing number of electronic crime cases affecting communities nationwide, as well as improve and strengthen the prosecution and adjudication of those cases.

NCFI training courses are offered to state and local law enforcement, prosecutors and judges through funding from the federal government. Travel, lodging, equipment (in some classes), and course fees are provided at no costs to attendees or their agencies.”

“As I said when Sergeant Tyitye graduated from the computer forensics training, this opens many doors for our department as it relates to computer cell phone crimes which are more prevalent than ever before. A large number of crimes are committed through ever changing technology. We now have the ability to immediately investigate cellular phone and computer crimes such as child pornography, bullying, etc.; this is a huge step for our department. We are definitely doing all we can to get ahead of the curve when it comes to investigations,” Robbins said.