Macomb County Law Enforcement to attend Transient Criminal Training

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI – On Thursday, May 18th, 2017, at approximately 8:30am, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham and Director of the Macomb Community College Public Service Institute John Calabrese will be presenting opening remarks at the colleges “Non-Traditional Organized Crime Transient Criminals” two day training course for law enforcement.

Transient criminals, commonly referred to as gypsies or travelers, are known for committing crimes against the elderly all across the United States. These criminals travel in groups and normally do not settle in one place for long periods of time. Their crimes, also known as “gypsy scams” are often petty theft, burglary, larceny, and fraud. These criminals alter their identity and pose as home repair persons to swindle their way into homes while the owners are present. Once inside, they commit their crime and leave before the victim realizes what occurred.

In May, 2016, the Elder Crimes Task Force was created as a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort to investigate crimes committed by known members of transient criminal organizations. It was initially comprised of Officers from nine local agencies. In 2016, more than 110 reported crimes against senior citizens were received, 49 arrest warrants obtained, and 31 additional subjects identified as members of the transient criminal organization.

This type of crime is a growing issue for our elderly. Informing the public, potential victims, and law enforcement is hoped to reduce the impact these criminals have on our community.

This event will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:30am, at the Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center at Macomb Community College’s East Campus.

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