Stevenson finishes sheriff training
Stevenson, who will take office Jan. 1, satisfied all course requirements and earned a certificate of completion. "The New Sheriffs' School consists of two weeks of intense training," MSA Executive Director Terrence L. Jungel said. "Graduation from the school proves Sheriff'elect Stevenson is dedicated to protecting the citizens of Roscommon County and the office of sheriff."
The school, held in Lansing Dec. 8-19, was co-sponsored by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and the Clinton County Sheriff's Office. Twenty-seven of the 30 county sheriffs who were elected for the first time in November attended the school. Those eligible to attend included four sheriffs who were appointed to finish partial terms.
Topics covered in the school included the role of the sheriff, secondary road patrol, corrections, crime victims' rights, mental health, community relations, preparing a budget, the Freedom of Information Act, the role of the undersheriff, media relations, emergency management, internal investigations and line of duty death. Training was provided by current and retired sheriffs who are experts on the subjects they presented, Jungel said. Those sheriffs also served as mentors to the sheriffs-elect, offering advice and sharing their experiences.
"The most effective weapon we have in our arsenal is knowledge," Jungel said. "Our goal was to prepare these elected sheriffs for the issues they will face in their new position. Successful sheriffs make our communities safer."