Shiawassee County Taking Another Look At Road Patrols

SHIAWASSEE, MI (WLNS) – Shiawassee deputy cars remain parked in their lot as the county had to eliminate road patrols following a failed milage in November

Since then, surrounding areas of Corunna, Owosso, Perry and the village of Morrice police have teamed up to help each other on the roads.

“What concerns me about that agreement is it’s taken preciously scarce resources and spread them even thinner,” said George Braidwood, Shiawassee County Sheriff.

Shiawassee Sheriff George Braidwood says at times, that leaves one officer to cover both Perry and Morrice.

“Let’s say a violent domestic, robbery, an active shooter you’ve got one policeman for two cities, extremely inadequate and it’s irresponsible for those municipalities to set up that scenario.”

Braidwood says it’s not a matter of if something will go wrong but when.

Now we went inside to talk with the police chief here and he told us he did not want to talk on the issue, that he already had talked enough on the issue, but did tell us since then that discussion with the sheriff, they have added more police then just the one to cover the two cities in this area.

“I would be concerned about any municipality that is compromising the protection of their citizens to cover the protection of the county citizens,” said Terrence Jungel, executive director, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association.

Sheriff Braidwood says he’s still not happy and that maybe now voters will see the importance of spending a little more for patrols.

“I think I’ve got a responsibility to try, as a chief law enforcement officer of this county, public safety is of utmost importance and I’m not just going to sit back and let our patrols be inadequate in this county.”

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening with Shiawassee County commissioners and the sheriff to discuss specifics of the potential milage proposal. The sheriff expects the request amount to be a lot less than this past November.

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