DETROIT (AP) — A Wayne County sheriff's department unit that monitored some juveniles placed on electronic tethers has been disbanded.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1blDSsU ) the 12-person unit was ordered off the streets last week. Investigators had been assigned to track juveniles placed on electronic monitoring through the county's Department of Children and Family Services.
Sheriff Benny Napoleon's spokeswoman Paula Bridges says the unit was disbanded at Napoleon's request to help offset overtime issues as the sheriff's office works to staff jails at court-mandated levels.
Brian Earle, president of the Wayne County Deputy Sheriff's Association, says the decision came the same week that a 14-year-old monitored by a tether was found slain. Investigators had been looking for him after a tracking device he was wearing either malfunctioned or was improperly removed.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com