DETROIT ——- Wayne County Sherriff Raphael Washington is making sure the community is the center focus through the newly re-instated community policing program, S.C.O.U.T. According to the press release, S.C.O.U.T.— Sheriff’s Community Organized Urban Team — is “a combined effort of the Reserve Division and full-time secondary roads officers who will also be working concentrating on traffic violations. Members of the team may also stop into area businesses to let them know of the efforts taking place..” Focusing primarily on community concerns such as suspicious neighborhood activity, indicators of burglary, abandoned vehicles, etc.
Michigan Chronicle Digital Reporter Ashley Stevenson accompanied the Wayne County Sherriff’s office with Lt. Theodis Sims, a long-time member of the force with over 20 years of experience. When asked what he hoped to convey to the community through this program, Lieutenant Sims responded “At the end of the day, we want to go home to our families like everyone else..” highlighting that he does not want civilians to dehumanize law enforcement. Sims also added that under the leadership of Sheriff Washington he has seen a great improvement in the relationship between officers and the community and hopes to see the S.C.O.U.T program continue.