Top Crash Locations are also where you are most likely to get a ticket in our city

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Traffic laws are the basis for orderly and safe movement of traffic.  Traffic tickets are about changing driver behavior toward compliance with traffic laws.  High traffic crash locations are a sign to us that drivers are not following the laws.  So we spend our traffic enforcement time focusing on the locations where there are the highest number of crashes in an effort to reduce those crashes.

Every now and then I like to give you the list of where the most crashes are and therefore where we are likely to be and where you are most likely to get a ticket.  Here they are for August 2016:

  • Lapeer and Harmon
  • Opdyke and Walton
  • Ramp and Lapeer
  • Walton and Squirrel
  •  Opdyke and University
  • Hamlin and Squirrel
  • Squirrel and University
  • Featherstone and Squirrel
  • Joslyn and Brown
  • Baldwin and GLC

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Concerned About Coyotes?

We received another call on this just a few days ago. Coyotes are part of nature-they live among us.

Auburn Hills Police Department

Every now and then we hear from residents who have had contacts with coyotes and are concerned.  We do not believe we are having an increase in coyotes recently but they do live among us.  We also do not believe they present a threat to humans.  They do prey on chickens and small animals and will go through your garbage.

Here is a news story from a Grand Rapids TV channel on the subject from earlier this year.

And more information on the topic:

MICHIGAN DNR – Coyotes

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Ever imagined yourself on a foot chase with cops? Now’s your chance…..

We are not chasing criminals this time.  We are looking for runners to participate in the Cooper’s Mini 5K Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9am in beautiful Auburn Hills.  You can run with the AHPD team and a team of Oakland County Prosecutors.  Even if you are not a 5k runner –there is room for 1 mile walkers too.

The run raises funds for the Prosecutors’ Foundation for Kids.  The Foundation supports children who are the victims of abuse and neglect and through no fault of their own find themselves in the custody of the county.  They are often without basic necessities like clothing, toys and other things that kids need to thrive.  The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office and their Foundation have made it their mission to make sure kids have Christmas presents on Christmas morning.  I know that Prosecutor Cooper herself wraps presents and arrives at Mandy’s Place on Christmas morning to deliver them.

We will have an AHPD team and the Prosecutor’s Office will have racing teams as well.  The course is closed to vehicle traffic and winds through a scenic area of the city.

The weather will be beautiful –join us!

Here is a link to more information and to sign up:  2016 Cooper’s Mini Race Flyer

Back to School Traffic Safety–Sgt. Jeremy Stubbs

Important information that bears repeating at this time of year.

Auburn Hills Police Department

Guest Blogger – Sergeant Jeremy Stubbs, Directed Patrol Unit

Back to School Safety

Students return to the classrooms on September 8th.  Providing michigan-sidebarstudents a safe route to school is one of the department’s top priorities.  Please be aware of the increased presence of student walkers and bicyclists as well as increased traffic around school campuses and neighborhoods.

Traffic enforcement is a year-round priority and the school zones will be patrolled heavily during the first week of September.  Officers will be doing traffic enforcement near schools during the morning and afternoon hours.  Officers will be enforcing all traffic laws to help ensure a safe environment for students and motorists in school zones.

Below are a few safety tips related to traffic around schools:

  • Follow all speed and parking laws
  • Establish a meeting time and location to pick up your child/children
  • Be patient; allow plenty of time to deal with…

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Avoiding Fraud

We have had an increasing number of reports from victims of fraud.  There are various kinds and types of fraud activity.  One is what we call a “green dot card” scam.  In these scams a person is contacted usually by phone and the person on the other end represents themselves to be a government agency, utility company even a police department purporting to be holding a family member in jail, trying to get money from the victim.  There are ways now to “ghost” a phone number on these computer phone systems that makes a false identification show up on your caller ID.  It might say “Auburn Hills Police” but it really isn’t us. 

Sometimes it takes the form of an almost correct email address for a company executive.  A person in the finance department gets an email from this almost correct email address telling the employee to wire large sums of money to a specific place usually outside of the US.   Once it is out of the country it is gone.  The scammers are usually located in places where there are no or limited police services to investigate and no extradition treaties to the US.

Although you can report it to us, you also should report to the Federal Trade Commission.  You can make the report on line.  Here is some additional information to help you avoid becoming a victim.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-to-avoid-fraud

USA Today: Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law

From USA Today

Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law

http://usat.ly/2b7KE7g

Marijuana advocates who hoped the cascade of states moving to legalize medical marijuana would soften the federal stance on the drug faced disappointment Thursday as the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its decision to keep marijuana illegal for any purpose.Marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Substances in Schedule 1 are determined by the Food and Drug Administration to have no medical use. States that allow marijuana for medical use or legalize recreational use remain in defiance of federal law.The announcement to be published Friday in the Federal Register relaxes the rules for marijuana research to make it easier for institutions to grow marijuana for scientific study. The DEA currently authorizes just one grow facility in Mississippi.

Autism and Wandering

It is increasingly common for us to be called by parents or guardians of missing children with autism when their children have gone missing.  Some are very, very young children who manage to get out of their home and walk away.  It isn’t helpful to blame the parents –I know of parents of autistic children with sophisticated locking systems inside their homes but the child still finds a way out.  Judging or blaming parents might delay their willingness to seek help which is something we don’t want and it may prevent them from seeking the help they need.  Any report of a missing child in our community gets a very strong, immediate response from us.  We know that the quicker we begin the search, the better chance we have of finding the child safely.  THERE IS NEVER A WAITING PERIOD BEFORE REPORTING ANYONE MISSING – CHILD OR ADULT.  Autistic children pose slightly different challenges and often don’t recognize us as helpers when they are in a frightening situation away from home.

The National Center for Missing and Endangered Children posted this information on their website:

Children with autism often have an extremely high attraction to water. Because of this we strongly recommend first responders and search teams immediately check all nearby bodies of water in an effort to head-off the child. These bodies of water include but are not limited to streams, ponds, lakes, rivers, creeks, storm-water retention/detention basins and swimming pools.

Other dangerous attractions

Children with autism may exhibit other interests that pose similar dangers such as:

  • Roadways/highways.

  • Trains.

  • Heavy equipment.

  • Fire trucks.

  • Roadway signs.

  • Bright lights.

  • Traffic signals.

They also posted a short video on their website about this phenomenon and how you can help.

Learn more:  http://www.missingkids.org/AUTISM

Doing the right thing everyday

Some good thoughts on policing from MCOLES Executive Director Dave Harvey

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards

I have the privilege of instructing new procedures on how to conduct photographic line-ups. The new procedures were developed through the work of the State Bar of Michigan Task force on Eyewitness Identification. After being trained by a Police Chief from Connecticut I have been traveling the State with the training.

I was challenged recently by an attorney who was skeptical if law enforcement was listening to the training especially when I highlight how misidentification can occur with current procedures. My response to him was that no police officer I know or have known wants to see the wrong person go to jail. If for no other reason than the actual perpetrator is out continuing to commit crimes.  But overall we always strive to do the “right thing”, mistakes happen as they do in any profession.

To believe that law enforcement is infallible is either self-serving to prove a point…

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Interesting Conversation Among Local Police Chiefs

Today I came across this video of 3 of our local police chiefs talking about the current state of policing in relationship to their communities in our local area.  I think they did a really great job of representing us all in this conversation.  Many of us share these same opinions and ideas.

We all know that there are challenges for policing these days.  The chiefs shared their thoughts:  one being that we (police) should be sure we are doing the right things everyday and holding ourselves accountable; another being that police officers are entitled to fair and impartial investigations when things go wrong–not being judged and condemned by a snippet on social media; how we are continuing to educate ourselves to be fair and impartial police in diverse communities; and the incredible support we are feeling right now from our communities and how much we appreciate that.

These communities are both smart and lucky that they are served by this caliber of law enforcement leaders.