SHERIFF'S CORNER: Calls for Service, November 2022

Sheriff Rich Martin

Sheriff Rich Martin

Courtesy of Rich Martin, Lake County Sheriff's Office

As the Lake County Sheriff's Office used to be the police agency that people would normally work here for a limited amount of time and then eventually go work for another department, that has generally no longer been the case. While others have been struggling to maintain people or try to locate new employees, we are probably one of the only departments in the state that has a full roster for both road patrol, the jail and animal control.

I attribute this to my excellent and professional command staff, maintaining a level of professionalism as well as having to let those go that were not suitable to wear the badge or lacked the skills, or did not have the high integrity needed to be a peace officer, or did not have the right demeanor when dealing with the public.

Communities rely on the police for protection, and in turn, police rely on the public for support. One cannot work without the other. Police-community relations need to be one of trust and harmony to make a closer connection and safe community. Strong and trusted relations between community and police agencies are important to maintain society safe and protected. If there is no established relationship then that makes our job that much more difficult.

It all starts with trust. So, Let's break down what trust is all about:

  • T - Transparency
  • R - Receptiveness
  • U - Unity
  • S - Service
  • T - Training

Transparency: To share your thoughts and opinions honestly and respectfully as well as an approach to communicating and forming relationships that emphasize being direct with people.

Receptiveness: To be willing or inclined to receive suggestions, responsive to ideas, or impressions.

Unity: The state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole or the state of being one; oneness.

Service: To supply with aid, information, or other incidental services or an act of help or assistance.

Training: The process of bringing an employee to an agreed standard of proficiency by practice and instruction.

These five things are essential to establish positive and effective community relationships as well as the community having faith in its law enforcement agency.

As a continuation from my last article, here are the top 20 largest "local" police agencies in the country. These include the approximate number of employees per agency.

  1. New York City Police Department: 34,422
  2. Chicago Police Department: 11,516
  3. Los Angeles Police Department: 9,440
  4. Philadelphia Police Department: 5,951
  5. Houston Police Department: 5,179
  6. Metro Police Department, District of Columbia: 3,532
  7. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: 3,387
  8. Dallas Police Department: 3,079
  9. Miami-Dade Police Department: 3,029
  10. Phoenix Police Department: 2,624
  11. Nassau County Police Department (NY): 2,505
  12. Detroit Police Department: 2,461
  13. Suffolk County Police Department (NY): 2,390
  14. San Antonio Police Department: 2,370
  15. Port Authority Police Department (NY & NJ): 2,300
  16. Baltimore Police Department: 2,197
  17. Boston Police Department: 2,051
  18. San Francisco Police Department: 1,955
  19. Memphis Police Department: 1,933
  20. Baltimore County Police Department: 1,900

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.

  • 911 Hang Up, 6
  • Abandoned Call, 2
  • Abandoned Vehicle, 16
  • Accidents Falls, 23
  • Agricultural Fire, 2
  • Alarms, 24
  • Allergic Reaction, 2
  • Animal Bites, 1
  • Animal Control, 22
  • Annoyance Threats, 8
  • Assault, 9
  • Assisting Other Agencies, 18
  • Attempt to Locate / Well Chk, 21
  • Be on the Look out, 12
  • Bleeding, 3
  • Blood Draw, 1
  • Breaking and Entering, 2
  • Breathing Difficulty, 31
  • Business Property Check, 74
  • Car Animal, 1
  • Car Deer, 32
  • Chest and Heart Problems, 33
  • Citizen Assist, 12
  • Civil Complaints, 9
  • Civil Standby, 5
  • Code K, 7
  • Covert Opps, 1
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct, 4
  • Diabetic, 8
  • Disorderly Person, 1
  • Disturbance, 4
  • DNR Complaint, 17
  • DNR Violation, 2
  • Domestic, 13
  • Driveaway, 1
  • EAS Notification, 1
  • EMS Assist, 2
  • EMS Coverage, 34
  • EMS Transfer, 46
  • Fire Alarm, 5
  • Follow Up, 58
  • Foot Patrol, 2
  • Found Property, 7
  • Fraud, 4
  • Gas Odors, 1
  • Harassment, 9
  • Hit and Run, 1
  • Info Call, 3
  • Jail Pick Up/Transport, 16
  • Juvenile, 11
  • Larceny, 12
  • Lift Assist, 7
  • Lines Down, 17
  • Lost Property, 2
  • MDOP, 10
  • Medical Alarm, 6
  • Mental Emotional, 7
  • MIP, 2
  • Missing Person, 1
  • Motorist Assist, 6
  • Open Line, 4
  • ORV  Traffic Stop, 20
  • ORV Accident, 2
  • Overdose, 4
  • Pain Back Abdominal, 4
  • Paper Service, 5
  • Personal Injury Accident, 15
  • PPO Request Violation, 3
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth, 4
  • Property Check, 34
  • Property Damage Accident, 12
  • Reckless Driver, 5
  • Road Hazard, 16
  • Rollover, 15
  • School Resource Officer, 23
  • Seizures, 8
  • Sick Unknown, 74
  • Slide Off, 6
  • Special Event Coverage, 2
  • Stationary Radar, 24
  • Stroke, 4
  • Structure Fire, 13
  • Suicide/Attempted Suicide, 2
  • Suspicious Person, 6
  • Suspicious Situation, 24
  • Suspicious Vehicle, 27
  • Traffic Control, 3
  • Traffic Stop, 202
  • Trespass, 13
  • UDAA, 2
  • Unconscious Unresponsive, 14
  • Unwanted Person, 8
  • Vehicle Fire, 4
  • VIN Inspection, 2
  • Warrant Arrest, 24
  • Weapons, 3
  • Wild Land Fire, 2 

— 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.