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 UTILIZING GRANT PATROLS FOR DRUNK DRIVERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Sheriff Clarmont stated his department will be part of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign this upcoming holiday season. We have been allocated overtime patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged drivers” said Clarmont. The busiest traveling holiday is Thanksgiving and the Sheriff wants to make it a safe one for all travelers. “We want to encourage everyone to make a plan before heading out to festivities. Drinking and driving is dangerous and illegal as is drugged driving. If you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested,” said Clarmont. “Designate a sober driver before you and your friends celebrate.”
The sheriff said overtime patrols will start November 22, 2017 and continue through December 10, 2017. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is coordinating the effort which is supported by federal traffic safety funds. The statistics show about one fatality an hour in the United Stated and about one a day in Michigan due to drunk or drug involved driving.
SHERIFF ADVISING RESIDENTS TO SLOW DOWN FOR WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS
Sheriff Clarmont stated his department was dispatched to several accidents on Sunday morning as a result of several inches of snow that had fallen before noon. Two of the accidents were roll overs that resulted in injuries.
The first rollover occurred at 8:31 am on S/B I-75 in Burt Township when Andrew Micovoch 24 YOA from Waterford MI was driving a 2008 Ford F-150 and lost control on the icy roadway causing the vehicle to enter the median and roll several times. He and his passenger Brandon Dionne 24 YOA also from Waterford sustained non-life threatening injuries and were both transported to McLaren Northern Michigan by Cheboygan Life Support Systems. Speed was a factor in the accident. The Tuscarora Township Fire Department assisted on scene.
The second rollover occurred at 10:27 am on I-75 N/B in Hebron Township when Alexandria Chmura 23 YOA from Durham NC was driving a 2005 Ford Excursion and lost control on the icy roadway causing the vehicle to enter the ditch and rollover. She was the only occupant, had minor injuries but refused treatment. Speed was a factor in the accident. The Mackinaw City Police assisted on scene.
Sheriff Clarmont is reminding citizens to slow down as winter weather approaches this year. “We have had two snow systems so far this month and with both we have handled several avoidable accidents. We have to be cognizant of the weather and how it affects the roads and to slow down and give ourselves more time” said Clarmont.
The Sheriff also wants to remind citizens to make sure their vehicle is in good running condition for the winter by ensuring your coolant systems have the appropriate amount of anti-freeze, your battery and tires are in good condition along with having a travel bag to include non-perishable snacks, blankets and a flashlight. “During winter conditions there may be times you are involved in a situation that may take up to several hours to get assistance so it is a good idea to make sure you always have a full tank of gas and items to assist you in case you have to remain in your vehicle.” said Clarmont.
SHERIFF ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN CAR LARCENIES
Cheboygan County, Beaugrand Township-Sheriff Clarmont stated his department was dispatched to several larcenies from vehicles on September 7, 2017 that occurred over the night time period along Old Mackinaw Rd and Inverness Trail Rd areas. “We investigated several car larcenies from vehicles parked at ten residences in the area,” said Clarmont. The vehicles were unlocked at the time they were entered.
“We believe at this time whoever did these larcenies is local to the area as it appears at least one suspect rode a bicycle,” said Clarmont. The Sheriff Department is asking anyone with information, or who may know who is responsible to please contact the department at 231-627-3155.
The Sheriff wants to remind residence to make sure they lock their vehicles and take valuables inside. He also advises, if possible to have some sort of yard light on your property and if they hear or see anyone suspicious to call 911.
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE K9 HAS RECEIVED BODY ARMOR
Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office K9 Havok has received 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 was embroidered with the sentiment “Be safe my hero - In memory of Janis”.
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 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.
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.
“Vested Interest in K9s is a great program and a valuable resource to law enforcement to protect one of our own” said Clarmont.
Havok is a new K9 to the department this year since the retirement of the department’s first K-9, Taser. Deputy Matt LaCross is Havok’s handler. The Sheriff Department applied for a body armor vest for Havok from Vested Interest in K9s earlier this year and he has since received it.
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.