Ingham County Sheriff Indefinitely Suspends Special Deputy Unit in light of Criminal Justice Reform

Ingham County Sheriff

MASON, MI – On Thursday June 25th, 2020, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department has indefinitely suspended its Special Deputy Unit.

Today Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth suspended the Special Deputy Unit of the Sheriff’s Office. The volunteer unit has been active under many previous Sheriffs including current Sheriff Wriggelsworth. This dedicated group of men and women attended an in house 40 hr training academy hosted at ICSO and primarily work parades, and other community events. Special deputies are NOT licensed by MCOLES and have very limited responsibilities when in uniform in public.

The Special Deputy Unit, made up of 13 men, 2 women, and 3 horses have been inactive due to COVID-19 since March.

“Let me make it clear that these dedicated men and women have donated 1000’s of hours of their own time to our community, pay for their own uniforms, vests etc. to assist us doing what minimal staffing doesn’t allow us to. In light of all that is going on with criminal justice reforms around the country, I feel it is in the best interest of the community, our profession, and the special deputies themselves to no longer be active. The Special Deputy Unit, wear uniforms, have duty belts and firearms, just like MCOLES trained deputies, but yet don’t get anywhere near the same amount of training.” said Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth

Although their exposure to normal police calls is extremely minimal, the community expects well trained, licensed police officer/deputies working in our community. The unit will remain suspended until some direction from MCOLES on special deputy and reserve units training standards, or developing academies and licenses for these volunteers. Until that happens our unit will not be active.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Department thanks them for their service the our community.

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Ingham County Sheriff Indefinitely Suspends Special Deputy Unit in light of Criminal Justice Reform