Our Mission: Ensure the safety and security of Michigan citizens by assisting the elected Sheriffs and their personnel in the development of resources and skills through education and training.
The Michigan Sheriffs' Association was founded in 1877 and is the oldest law enforcement organization in the state. For over 130 years the Michigan Sheriffs' Association has been a leader in providing training and services to the Office of Sheriff and your community. The Michigan Sheriffs' Association is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization comprised of elected Michigan Sheriffs and citizen and business members from across the state. Join Today! Donations are tax-deductible. 100% of donations go to the Michigan Sheriffs' Association, we do not hire outside fundraisers!
Michigan Sheriffs position on violence and Gun Control Legislation
Recently there have been several high profile incidents surrounding violence in schools and other public places throughout the United States. There have also recently been additional Federal and state proposals concerning weapons and their ownership and possession . The sheriffs of the State of Michigan are committed to ensuring that our children and communities are safe. As sheriffs, we have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Michigan. We are determined to ensure that all provisions within both Constitutions are upheld. This includes, but is not limited to, the second amendment; our citizens’ ‘Right to Bear Arms’. It should be understood that the issue of violence needs to be addressed in its totality, not simply as an issue of “gun” violence. Violence is a result of a breakdown on many fronts. Family, gangs, drugs, lack of proper mental health treatment and the proliferation of violent media just to name a few.
Having been elected, and sworn to uphold both the State and Federal Constitutions, we additionally believe in the value of the division of power and roles of each of the three branches of our state and national governments. As Congress and the state legislative bodies convene to legislate issues surrounding the second amendment, the sheriffs of the State of Michigan will insure our voices will be heard.
The Michigan Sheriffs are committed to the safety of the citizens of the State of Michigan. We are committed to active engagement in the legislative process and to the protection of the people of our great state. We welcome and encourage our citizens active participation in this process as well .
MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH
Now that warmer weather is right around the corner in most of the country, motorcyclists will soon be out in force. Drivers of cars, trucks and buses are reminded to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders, and motorcycle riders are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT-compliant helmets and other protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.
· Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem that there is enough room in the traffic lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
· Because motorcycles are small, they can be difficult for other road users to see them, or judge their speed and distance as they approach.
· Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
· Because of its smaller size, a motorcyclist can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
· Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals may not be self-canceling and motorcyclists sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
· Remember that road conditions that are minor annoyances to motorists can pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcycle riders may change speed or adjust position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.
· Allow more following distance -- three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle so the motorcycle rider has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
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