Troopers, deputies, and corrections agents joined forces this week to conduct fugitive sweeps in Sanborn and Ossineke townships on Monday and Tuesday. The sweeps resulted in an assortment of arrests. Alpena Post Commander, F/Lt. Mike Hahn, reported that the sweep in Sanborn Township resulted in the arrests of five fugitives, one drunk driver, two persons of possession of marijuana, and two persons for driving without a valid operator's license, both of whom were determined to be illegal aliens living in the area. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified of their arrests.
The sweep continued on Tuesday in Ossineke Township resulting in the arrests of four fugitives, three suspended drivers, one for parole violation, another for probation violation, and three for driving on a suspended license. Two others were cited for having open alcohol containers in their vehicles and two others for driving with no insurance.
Hahn said he and Alpena County Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski considered the joint sweep after a review of the county's warrant list revealed a high number of outstanding warrants for those areas. Sanborn Township Supervisor Kenneth Gauthier and Ossineke Township Supervisor Kenneth Lobert were notified in advance, and both gave their support of the initiative. Troopers from the MSP 7th District Homeland Security Team, the 7th District Fugitive Apprehension Team, and the probation/parole agents from the Michigan Department of Corrections were recruited so that the fugitives and the parolees could be contacted without advance warning. Hahn said he and Kieliszewski were pleased with the results, and that citizens can expect more sweeps in the future. "Initiatives that incorporate teamwork, community involvement, and the deployment of resources to areas in need of stepped up enforcement reflect Michigan's new Regional Policing Plan. This sweep is done for now, but patrols will continue, and more sweeps will be conducted as needed," he said.
Hahn emphasized that public safety is a community responsibility and that successful law enforcement depends on community involvement. He said the Alpena County Sheriff's Department has developed a free community program called "Crime Prevention through Environmental Design," which educates the public about how they can contribute to public safety as a community. The meeting was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Sanborn Township Hall.