Michigan Sheriff Pleads “Can You Please Stop Committing Crimes?”
Sometimes it doesn't hurt to just ask nicely for people to knock it off, even if they are criminals.
The words "Up North" often create images of idyllic lakes and scenic snowy vistas to us trolls, but the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says there has been a serious uptick in crime as the hard winter months up in the Eastern Upper Peninsula start to take its toll on the populace.
The harsh winter, combined with pandemic restrictions may account for the cabin fever amongst the county's residents.
The county, one of the state's largest encompasses everything from Drummond Island all the way up to Paradise and Whitefish Bay.
Chippewa County Sheriff Michael D. Bitner went to social media this week to ask residents to knock it off with the illegal stuff to help ease the burden on his beleaguered staff.
The Facebook post was direct and earnest, it read:
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTDue to the overwhelming work load on our local Law Enforcement here in Chippewa County, I would ask you to please give us the opportunity to catch up. We need a few months with NO criminal activity or emergencies to respond to. I would ask you to please stop:1- Stop drinking and driving (or under the influence of drugs)2- Stop the domestic and sexual assaults3- Stop stealing or embezzling from your place of work4- Stop selling drugs5- Stop driving so fast and crashing.6- Stop abusing our children7- Stop bringing other peoples urine to your court ordered drug test.The overwhelming workload on all our of local law enforcement and first responders puts a huge strain on all of them.YES, I know we won't get 2 months to catch up, but one can hope.YES, I would hope people would never do these things but there just seems to be no end.Have a great weekend.Respectfully Venting
Michael D, BitnarChippewa County Sheriff