State lawmakers to deal with escalating crime rates and dead officers


Oakland County, Mich. – State Sense. Jim Runestad and Ruth Johnson, along with a coalition of lawmakers, elected officials and law enforcement officials, will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on February 14 at Waterford Township Hall to address the escalating crime rates, which have been on the rise nationally and regionally.

According to statistics from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, robberies have increased 67% over the past year, while reports of motor vehicle thefts have increased 138%. The department also saw a 20% increase in failure to appear and a 67% increase in evasion and theft charges.

Although official Michigan State Police data is not yet available for 2021, 2020 records show that from 2019 to 2020 murders increased by 37%, aggravated assaults increased by more than 20% and carjackings increased by more than 122%.

“Statistics from 2019 to 2021, we see that crime is exploding; this despite the fact that court closures have delayed trials and there is a backlog of ongoing cases,” Runestad said. “In 2019, one officer died in the line of duty; since 2019, we have lost 20 agents. How many more officers need to die before we address the systemic and endemic criminal justice problems and failed policies that are wreaking havoc on our state? »

Presenters will highlight key issues affecting public safety, including officer discouragement and lack of desire to enter the profession by potential recruits; limited resources; non-execution of warrants; low or no bail for violent offenders; the lack of uniform sentencing for violent and habitual offenders across the state; application of parole; no enforcement of weapons charges; revolving door of arrests and releases; and public perceptions of officers and public safety.

Which: State Sense. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, and Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, along with fellow legislators and local elected officials.

Confirmed presenters include: Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard; Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham; Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, president of the Michigan Sheriffs Association; Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ronald Wiles, president of the Michigan Police Chiefs Association; Sixth Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren; Wayne Beerbower, executive board member of the Police Officers Association of Michigan; Nate Johnson, president of the Michigan State Troopers Association; and representatives from the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police and the Michigan Association of Police Organizations.

When: Monday, February 14, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Or: Waterford Town Hall, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329

For data sources, see below. Additional compiled data for 2021 will be released at the press conference. For more information, contact the Runestad office at 517-373-1758.

The data breakdown below was compiled by comparing the Michigan State Police’s 2019 Michigan Incident Crime Report to the 2020 Michigan Crime Annual Report. MSP cannot share 2021 until it’s compiled.

Increase in violent crime and property crime statewide between 2019 and 2020

  • 36.6% increase in non-negligent murders/manslaughters
  • Aggravated Assault increased by 21.6%

Other statewide criminal offenses that increased between 2019 and 2020

  • 17.26% increase in aggravated/criminal assaults
  • Carjacking increased by 122.58%
  • Arson increased by 10.72%
  • Motor vehicles as stolen property increased by 42.67%
  • Welfare fraud increased by 227.5%
  • Fraud feed increased by 6.17%
  • Fraud and identity theft increased by 18.22%

Change in crime in Oakland County from 2019 to 2020

  • 31.82% increase in non-negligent murders/manslaughters
  • 18.1% increase in aggravated/criminal assaults
  • Motor vehicle theft increased by 18.45%
  • Arson attacks increased by 41.51%

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Crime Change Reported 2020 – 2021

  • Robberies – Motor Vehicle (Car Jacking) increased by 66.7%
  • Motor vehicle theft increased by 21%
  • Motor vehicle as stolen property increased by 138%
  • Obstruction of the police increased by 6.3%
  • Leak/leak increased by 66.7%
  • Failure to appear increased by 21.9%
  • Parole violation increased by 58.3%
  • Traffic offenses increased by 15.6%
  • Juvenile offenses and complaints increased by 49%



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