Motto of the Huron County Sheriff's Office - The motto of the Huron County Sheriff's Office is "To Protect and To Serve". It states the essential purpose of the Huron County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office protects the rights of all persons within its jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to be secure in their possessions and to live in peace. The Sheriff's Office serves the people of Huron County by performing the law enforcement function in a professional manner and it is to these people that the Sheriff's Office is ultimately responsible.
Kelly J. Hanson, Sheriff
For all emergencies please dial 911 and for non-emergency please dial 989-269-6421.
Crime Stoppers Tip Line 1-800-SPEAK-UP (773-2587)
The Crime Stoppers Alliance tip line has been operational since December 16, 1999. The program has helped to solve numerous crimes in our communities and has improved the quality of life for our citizens. This is a true partnership between public and private sectors and has been developed with input from citizens, the business community and law enforcement. Citizens can anonymously call the Alliance's toll free number, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to report information regarding unsolved crimes. Any person providing a tip resulting in a felony arrest is eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.
Our office has received information about charitable contribution scams and schemes that have been on the increase. The scammers are using recent disasters that have devastated lives and property as the basis for their criminal intent. Most recently, the earthquake in Japan has received attention along with other national disasters that have taken place in the United States. The following guidelines should be used when making a decision on whether to a donate to a charitable organization or not:
- Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations.
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
- Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
- To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
- Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity or aid organization's website rather than following an alleged link to the site.
- Attempt to verify the legitimacy of the non-profit status of the organization by using various Internet-based resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual existence of the organization.
- Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
Our office receives information on a variety of scams and it occurs on a daily basis. They come in many forms such as telephone, mail and e-mail. Unfortunately, in most cases there is virtually nothing that we can do for the victim. The old saying is, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
To obtain more information on questionable scams, you can try on line at www.LooksTooGoodToBeTrue.com. If you believe you have been a victim of a charity related scheme, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by telephone at (866) 720-5721, or by fax at (225) 334-4707, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
Kelly J. Hanson
Huron County Sheriff
Huron County Sheriff's Office Tip Line is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.