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Ingham County holds Gene Wriggelsworth as their Sheriff. The Ingham County Sheriff's Office provides the community with Correctional, Law Enforcement, and Related Services. The Sheriff’s office is also in charge of the County Jail which ranks as the 5th largest and it houses nearly 575 inmates. Nationally recognized as a leader in both law enforcement and corrections the Sheriff's Office is unique in that it employs officers that are cross trained as Paramedic/Police Officers. Specialized Units include and are not limited to the Accident Investigations Unit, Dive Rescue Unit, and the Victim Advocate Unit.

The Accident Investigations Unit has three Accident Reconstructionist. They are called on a daily basis to investigate serious injury and fatality traffic crashes. In 1998, the unit investigated nine (9) fatal traffic accidents, of which, two involved drinking drivers. This correlates to a 22% drinking involved fatality rate. In 1997, the unit investigated eight (8) fatality crashes. The department investigation showed none of the drivers had been drinking. In 1996, six (6) of the thirteen (13) drivers had been drinking for a rate of 46%.

The Dive Rescue Unit serves the Sheriff’s department as a requirement county within the State of Michigan to meet with the investigations of drownings within the County’s boundaries. This Unit is with the department's Marine Division. Its composed of ten assigned divers. Their responsibilities include budget, personnel, and equipment. The Team Supervisor is responsible for the day to day operation of the unit, which includes training, personnel assignments and evidence recovery response. Equipment and records management is done by other members of the Unit.

The Victim Advocate Unit was formed when the County’s Sheriff ecognized a need for Volunteers to assist his Deputies at the scene of a crime or serious accident. Since 1993 the Advocates make phone calls, provide transportation to hospitals, refer counseling, support the victim in court when necessary, and do follow up contacts with the victim or family. The type of call may vary. They respond to homicides, suicides, fatal traffic accidents, serious personal injury accidents, domestic assaults, or any time an officer sees or feels the victim is in need. Currently the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office has 18 volunteers who are on call in pairs, 1 week a month, 24 hours a day. The Victim Advocates go through a 40 hours of class training sponsored by the Michigan Sheriff Association

Contact information:

Ingham County Sheriff's Office,
630 N. Cedar St.,
Mason, MI 48854.
Phone: (517) 676-2431.


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