Pride and Professionalism
To the Citizens of Cheboygan County:
I have made it my personal and professional goal to work with the citizen's of Cheboygan, and to strive to achieve excellence in our Cheboygan County Sheriff Department.
The Cheboygan County Sheriff Department is proactive in its dedication to serving the public.
With community support and by working together we are able to better protect our community and you, the citizens that live here.
It has been and continues to be my greatest personal achievement and honor to serve the citizens of Cheboygan County as your Sheriff.
Dale V. Clarmont
It is the Mission of the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department to assist the people of Cheboygan County in our mutual desire for a safe and secure community through our dedication in providing Correctional, Law Enforcement and Related Services at the highest possible standards, while respecting the rights of all people.
SHERIFF CLARMONT PROVIDES EXTRA PATROLS THROUGH SUMMER
Cheboygan County-Sheriff Clarmont stated his department will have extra patrols this summer under a continuing grant funded by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We have delegated patrols for the upcoming holidays this summer to concentrate on seatbelt, drunk driving and drug driving and speeding” said Clarmont.
According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Michigan traffic deaths increased 10 percent from 2015 (963) to 2016 (1064). Michigan has also seen a drop from 98% in 2009 to 94.5% in 2016 in seatbelt use. They also reported alcohol-involved traffic deaths fell 11 percent between 2015 and 2016 but drug-involved deaths showed a 32 percent increase during the same period.
“It is important for the public to understand that being under the influence of drugs while driving, which includes certain prescription medication and medical marijuana, is a violation of Michigan law and is prosecuted as such” said Clarmont.
“These funds allow us to provide overtime for extra patrols to assist in making sure we all have a safe and enjoyable summer,” said Clarmont.
SHERIFF CLARMONT OFFERS BOATER SAFETY TIPS
With the boating season upon us in Northern Michigan the Cheboygan County Sheriff Department wants to remind boaters of several safety recommendations. Sheriff Dale V. Clarmont wants boaters to be careful, use common sense, take the steps necessary to avoid tragedy and have a fun and safe boating season.
The Sheriff offers six safety tips:
Wear an approved life jacket: 70 percent of boating fatalities involve drowning, and of those who drowned, 86 percent were not wearing a life jacket. With a number of colors and styles available, there is no excuse for not wearing a life jacket. When on a PWC or being towed behind a vessel you must be wearing a life jacket. Canoes and kayaks must also have life jackets aboard. Children under 6 must wear a life jacket when riding on the open deck of any vessel while underway.
Make sure your boat is properly equipped and your equipment is in good working order: Boaters are urged to carry all the legally required equipment, such as life jackets and fire extinguishers, plus some recommended items, such as a first aid kit, charts of the area (to help you identify your location), and an anchor. Before venturing out at night, be sure to check your navigation lights. They should be working properly in order for you to be seen by other boats.
Avoid Alcohol: As much as 50 percent of all boating accidents involve alcohol. Alcohol affects your judgment, balance, and vision - all of which are necessary to operate a boat. Studies have shown that passengers are also 10 times more likely to fall overboard when they have been consuming alcohol. Please, wait until you get home to celebrate with a drink.
File a Float Plan: Similar to a flight plan for a pilot, a float plan gives the "who, what, when, and where" of your trip. A float plan should be filed with a friend or family member on shore and should contain clear instructions for the holder to contact the Sheriff or Coast Guard in the event that you don't return from your voyage when you are expected.
Maintain a sharp lookout: Everyone needs to be on the alert for other boaters in order to avoid a collision. This is especially true when operating near a bend, in crowded waterways, and at night or during conditions of restricted visibility.
Carry a marine radio or cell phone: Be prepared to call for help in the event that you are involved in an accident, your boat becomes disabled, or you otherwise need assistance. The VHF-FM radio is the preferred method for contacting the Coast Guard because they can use direction finding equipment to locate you. Other boaters with marine radios can also hear your call for help. While cell phones are also acceptable, make sure you have a full battery before heading out on the water. But, beware - there are often gaps in cell phone coverage on the water.
The Cheboygan County Sheriff Department Marine Division will be out on the waters this summer. Sheriff Clarmont wants to advise boaters to follow the laws with regards to alcohol, speed, no wake zones, safety zones, safety equipment and number of persons allowed on your boat.
“Patrols will be out and we are asking everyone to abide by the laws of the water especially when it comes to speed and no wake zones” said Clarmont.
In short, boaters should be prepared! By following these simple tips and paying attention boaters should be able to enjoy a safe and relaxing season on the water!
If anyone has questions regarding boating laws, rules and regulations you can contact Sgt. Kelsey Kennedy, Cheboygan County Recreation Division at 231-627-8888.
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SHOCK FOR LIFE
Sheriff Dale Clarmont and Undersheriff Tim Cook are asking for community assistance using social media
The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with Heartsmart.com out of New Milford Connecticut for new Automated External Defibrillators (AED). “Heartsmart.com has a program called “Likes for Life” which allows an organization such as ours to obtain free AED’s by simply asking our citizens here in Northern Michigan to send a ‘like’ in our name to Heartsmart.com’s Facebook page” said Undersheriff Tim Cook. “For every 1000 likes the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department will receive a new AED.”
Undersheriff Cook stated the current AED’s are over 10 years old and need to be replaced. “We have AED’s in our police vehicles and in the jail and they have been used to save lives. We had a save in the summer of 2015 on the shores of Mullet Lake and if it were not for an AED from our department that person would have died” said Cook.
The Undersheriff stated his goal is to replace at least 4 AED’s so the Sheriff Department really needs the community’s help. “These new AED’s are also for children and come at a cost of $1,800.00 each if we had to pay for them. Our goal is to get the citizens to turn to social media and get 4000 likes, it is a benefit not only in terms of cost savings but comfort in knowing we have them ready” said Cook.
According to Amanda Marshall a Heartsmart.com representative assisting the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, Heartsmart.com is one of the largest privately owned Automated External Defibrillator companies in the industry. “We offer one stop shop strategies to clients from lay responders to medical professionals. We are extremely pleased to assist Undersheriff Cook and the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department in this endeavor to ensure they have reliable and trusted equipment.” stated Marshall. “It’s a program we strongly believe in; to work together to save lives.”
Undersheriff Cook is asking citizens to get the word out and go to www.facebook.com/HeartSmartAED or search Heartsmart.com/Facebook and ‘like’ their Facebook page using the tag “Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department Shock for Life”.
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY'S FIRST K9 RETIRES
Ten years ago the Cheboygan County Sheriff Department received its first K9 Deputy, a two year old German shepherd named Taser. “Through the generous donations of Tony and Roberta Matelski in 2006 which continues today, we had our first K9” said Sheriff Dale Clarmont. Deputy Matt LaCross was Taser’s handler. Since becoming a deputy, Taser has been on hundreds of calls from missing persons, fleeing felons and drug searches to community relations and school functions. “Taser has been a valuable resource in the continued protection of the citizens of Cheboygan County” said Clarmont.
Taser, now 12 years old, officially retired Sunday April 2, 2017 in the presence of the department and Tony and Roberta Matelski. Cheboygan County received a new Dutch shepherd named Havoc a year and a half ago and he has been trained by Deputy LaCross. “It is a process to train these dogs and it takes about a year to a year and a half to get them ready for patrols” said LaCross. Havoc is now certified and is part of the road patrol.
Taser will retire at the home of Deputy LaCross.
K9s are expensive and a new dog can cost upwards of $8,000.00 plus training. This is again possible because of the Matelski’s” said Clarmont. “I just can’t say enough about them and their dedication to the K9 unit and the citizens of Cheboygan County.”
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE K9 'HAVOK' TO GET BODY ARMOR
Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office K9 Havok, who replaced Taser, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Havok’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Be safe my hero - In memory of Janis”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
“I want to say thank you to Vested Interest in K9s” said Sheriff Clarmont. “Our K9s are part of our road patrol and are considered deputies. This is a valuable resource to protect one of our own.”
The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department maintains two K9 patrols largely in part due to the generosity of Tony and Roberta Matelski. “Because of their generosity and the contributions of organizations such as Vested Interest in K9s and Wheeler Motors we are able to provide services to the public for their safety and protection in tracking lost individuals and the apprehension of those who commit crime” said Clarmont.