Sheriff to Scale Back Services

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office has a new way of doing business, thanks to budget cuts. Basically, you're not going to be able to get a deputy to respond for every little report or complaint like you may have before.

The next time you hit a deer, for example, you're asked to report it at the Sheriff's Office or one of the substations during normal business hours. A deputy will not be dispatched unless: Someone is hurt, the car can't be driven or the deer needs to be destroyed.

You also may not need a deputy for a car accident. The department will no longer take private property accidents unless: It involves a hit and run, careless or reckless driving is involved, someone is hurt or dead, one of the drivers is drunk or refuses to exchange information, or if there's any kind of fight or verbal altercation.

There is also a new e-complaint system where you can report things on-line. This new system only applies when it is not an emergency, there are no known suspects, the crime occurred within the Sheriff's Office patrol areas, including Delhi Township and the village of Webberville. You can report these crime or incidents on-line: Found property, fraud crimes, harassing phone calls, ID theft, larceny crimes, property destruction crimes.

As always, though, in case of an emergency, call 911.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    Patrol cars don't stop crime, they only make money from speeding tickits and cause insurance company's to get richer for the following three years.
  • by Vanessa Location: Williamston on Feb 16, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    The lack of patrol cars on the road means that the crime rate will go up.
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