Between February 6-13, 2022, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 702 calls for service. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-126, Alarms-52, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-41, Property Damage Crashes-35, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-30, Check Well Beings-25, Traffic Violations-24, Traffic Hazards-23, Shoplifting Complaints-22, Car/Deer Accidents-19, Domestic Disputes-13, Loud Noise-10, Civil Complaints-10, Personal Injury Crashes-9, Larcenies-8, and Vacation Checks-8.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. While we don’t want to think this happens in Eaton County, sadly it’s more common than you think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.
Did you know there was a National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline? This is part of loveisrespect.org. This service has text, phone, and live chat services. The texting function of the Helpline allows for users to text the Helpline advocates 24 hours a day, seven days a week about anything ranging from questions about healthy dating to raising red flags about relationships. Simply text: LOVEIS to 22522. The Helpline’s peer advocates serve thousands of teens and young adults through the 24/7 phone service. Users call 1-866-331-9474 to be connected with an advocate who is trained to offer education, support and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, siblings, parents, teachers, law enforcement members and service providers. The live chat (IM-style) of the Helpline is another way for users to contact a peer advocate. They receive the same one-on-one, real-time, confidential information from a trained peer advocate as they do if they contact by text and phone.
Every step towards ending dating violence is an important one!
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich