SHERIFF'S CORNER: Calls for Service, July 2022

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

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I have never understood the concept of trying to make yourself look good, by making others look bad. With social media this makes this even worse. Keyboard warriors, internet trolls and standard haters can pretty much post anything they want regardless of the consequences.

The only problem with this is that some people take that information as factual, with no evidence or supporting documentation. A good example of this was the 'April Fools Joke' on Facebook that stated you needed a third ORV sticker to ride your ORV in Lake County. As it was not meant to be a scientific experiment, it definitely proved the point of how misinformation is so easily spread across social media. 

Misinformation is classified as “false or misleading content including hoaxes, conspiracy theories, fabricated reports, incomplete stories, half truths and politically motivated reasons.”  

When reviewing information, always consider the source. What site or page is it posted? Is there an ulterior motive? And is there supporting documentation? It's harder than ever to take the things we see online at face value now (though it's debatable whether we ever should have in the first place). 

It's time for the monthly "calls for service" report. This will provide you with an idea of the prior month's response for public safety services within the county.

  • 3500/VCSA, 2
  • 911 Hang Up, 6
  • Abandoned Vehicle, 9
  • Accidents Falls, 43
  • Agricultural Fire, 2
  • Alarms, 19
  • Allergic Reaction, 2
  • Animal Bites, 2
  • Animal Control, 56
  • Annoyance Threats, 17
  • Assault, 18
  • Assisting Other Agencies, 25
  • Attempt To Locate / Well Check, 31
  • Bleeding, 5
  • Breaking And Entering, 12
  • Breaking And Entering In Progress, 3
  • Breathing Difficulty, 25
  • Burns, 1
  • Business Property Check, 36
  • Car Deer, 30
  • Chest And Heart Problems, 16
  • Child Abuse, 3
  • Citizen Assist, 10
  • Civil Complaints, 23
  • Civil Standby, 15
  • Code K, 10
  • Covert Investigations, 1
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct, 3
  • Diabetic, 4
  • Disorderly Person, 4
  • Disturbance, 21
  • DNR Complaint, 1
  • Domestic, 17
  • Driveaway, 4
  • Dumping Complaint, 3
  • EMS Assist, 7
  • EMS Transfer, 65
  • Fire Alarm, 2
  • Fire Assist, 1
  • Foot Patrol, 7
  • Found Property, 10
  • Fraud, 7
  • Gas Odors, 2
  • Harassment, 20
  • Illegal Burning, 3
  • Industrial Fire, 2
  • Jail Pick Up/Transport, 41
  • Juvenile, 2
  • Juvenile Runaway, 1
  • K9 Track Search, 1
  • Larceny, 33
  • Lift Assist, 6
  • Lines Down, 10
  • MDOP, 10
  • Medical Alarm, 16
  • Mental Emotional, 13
  • Missing Person, 5
  • Motorist Assist, 8
  • Open Line, 3
  • ORV Traffic Stop, 82
  • ORV Accident, 11
  • Overdose, 3
  • Pain Back Abdominal, 14
  • Personal Injury Accident, 16
  • PPO Request Violation, 2
  • Property Check, 19
  • Property Damage Accident, 15
  • Pursuits, 3
  • Reckless Driver, 19
  • Reckless ORV, 9
  • Road Closed, 1
  • Road Hazard, 4
  • Robbery, 1
  • Seizures, 14
  • Shooting, 4
  • Sick Unknown, 86
  • Smoke/Unknown Fire, 5
  • Special Event Coverage, 24
  • Stroke, 5
  • Structure Fire, 22
  • Suicide/Attempted Suicide, 2
  • Suspicious Mail, 1
  • Suspicious Person, 10
  • Suspicious Situation, 39
  • Suspicious Vehicle, 27
  • Traffic Control, 2
  • Traffic Stop, 163
  • Transport Opposite Sex/Juvenile, 1
  • Trespass, 8
  • Unconscious Unresponsive, 6
  • Unwanted Person, 9
  • Vehicle Fire, 1
  • VIN Inspection, 8
  • Warrant Arrest, 6
  • Water Incidents, 1
  • Water Patrol, 14
  • Watercraft Traffic Stop, 40
  • Weapons, 1
  • Wildland Fire, 4

— This information is provided to you for clarification on specific laws, and not legal advice. This is not to be construed as a personal opinion, agreement or disagreement of any specific law. Topics covered are for educational and informational purposes only. As needed, excerpts from other articles are used for reference and/or content. If you have any questions on any specific topic, you may always email me your questions to rmartin@co.lake.mi.us.