Sheriff’s office reports 2017 law enforcement statistics

MANISTEE COUNTY — Plenty of changes were made at the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office in 2017, many of which were focused on optimizing both community and deputy safety.

From securing grants for new ballistic helmets and vests for emergency response to frequent meetings with area partners, Manistee County sheriff John O’Hagan said the sheriff’s office has worked hard to better improve safety measures and optimize its service to the community.

On Feb. 20, O’Hagan presented highlights from the past year at the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, in a report to the Manistee County Board of Commissioners. Within his report, O’Hagan released 2017 law enforcement statistics for the sheriff’s office.

Within the past year, O’Hagan said the sheriff’s office and Michigan State Police (MSP) have strengthened its relationship, providing more service to the area from the MSP.

In 2017, the sheriff’s office responded to 59 percent of the total complaints dispatched in the county through the Manistee County Central Dispatch, and MSP took on 41 percent. In the previous year, the sheriff’s office responded to 75 percent, and MSP responded 25 percent.

Last year, the sheriff’s office responded to 7,236 total calls for service, and MSP responded to 5,140.

“Before, our complaint workload kept building and building; that number has dropped,” O’Hagan said. “You can see by us working more together the state has more of a presence here, and that helps our workload with the complaints that get dispatched to us. Lt. Frank Keck (MSP) has been great to work with.”

Over the past two years, the sheriff’s office had a decrease in felony arrests — with 96 in 2016 and 68 in 2017. Misdemeanor arrests also decreased from 367 in 2016 to 350 in 2017.

O’Hagan also shared Operating Under the Influence of alcohol or drug arrests statistics.

In 2016, 31 Operating While Intoxicated arrests were made, and 38 were made in 2017. A decrease in Operating Under the Influence of Drugs arrests were reported, with 21 in 2016 and 14 in 2017.

“Those numbers are pretty much staying consistent,” he said.

Within the Manistee County Jail, O’Hagan said the average daily population sat at 49 inmates in 2017. He said that number can fluctuate throughout the year.

In 2017, he said the jail also had 982 bookings, 651 inmates that were county residents, 427 inmates charged with felonies, 526 inmates charged with misdemeanors, and 239 inmates with alcohol related charges.

“Our maximum capacity is 68; but we are doing work right now that will put us at 85,” he said. “In the summer-time it usually gets into the 60s, but it’s fairly consistent.”

Within the detective unit, Detective Sgt. Scott Soper held the following investigations in 2017: 19 criminal sexual assault cases; 168 burglary/larceny cases; 17 child abuse and neglect cases; and 30 death investigations.

“This has been quite the year we had with natural death, drug overdoses and suicide,” said O’Hagan. “The reasons why, I am not necessarily sure. We also had a couple of homicides in the (City of Manistee).”

O’Hagan also announced several priorities for sheriff’s office in 2018, including a new camera system for the Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility; an update and overhaul of policies and procedures; and a soon-to-be conducted jail staffing analysis with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

“We need to do a better job with retention,” O’Hagan said. “We are having a staff analysis within the next week or so, that will tell us where we need to be so we can start working toward that goal.”

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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