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Thursday the Michigan State Senate unanimously passed reforms for police training. While the bill in question, proposed by Ann Arbor-area Senator Jeff Irwin, pre-dated the death of George Floyd, the debate was undoubtedly informed by protests against police use of force in several Michigan cities. 

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A Washtenaw County Sheriff Deputy has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation is conducted into a video recorded incident showing him apparently punching a woman in the head for refusing to leave the scene of a shooting.

Not enough corrections staff in Washtenaw County jail

Apr 25, 2019
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Almost one quarter of the budgeted positions for corrections officers in the Washtenaw County jail are unfilled.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton is calling this a "critical" staffing shortage, some of which is due to natural attrition like retirements, dismissals and resignations.

Sheriff Jerry Clayton is making changes that emphasize and strengthen the partnership between communities and their police forces.
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The rise in police shootings of unarmed black people, and the sharp rise in ambush-style attacks on police officers, among other factors, have many law enforcement agencies taking a new look at the way they protect and serve their communities.

That's certainly the case with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, where Sheriff Jerry Clayton is implementing "fundamental" changes in staff training and in talking with the community.