REGION – One of the great things about living in a small town is the feeling that your friends and neighbors are watching out for you. And the sheriff departments in each county assist with virtually identical “general welfare” and property checks.
The Roscommon County Sheriff Department has been offering property checks across the county for more than 10 years. Sheriff Ed Stern noted in the past that officers have a standard procedure for checking the homes once or twice per week. If officers find an issue, they will contact the homeowner.
“We usually check once per week, maybe twice, but we will do as many as we get. (Officers) get out, walk around the house and if they find issues, contact the homeowner,” he said.
Roscommon also implemented a “well-being check program” designed for anyone lacking a local support system, such as friends or relatives, to check their well-being. Friends or family members can decide for a deputy to stop and check the status and well-being of those who are alone. Deputies will be able to not only talk with those signed up for the service but will also assist the resident and refer them to other services that can help meet their needs.
For information on general welfare or property checks across the Up-North Voice coverage area call:
Sheriff Ed Stern
112 S. Second Street, Roscommon, MI 4853
Wellness: 989-275-5101 (officer dispatched immediately)
Property Check: 989-275-5101 (Pick up form at department)
Sheriff Shawn Kraycs
200 West Michigan Ave., Grayling
Wellness: 989-348-6341 (Dispatch officer immediately)
Property Check: Property Check: (Form required, stop into department).
Sheriff Howie Hanft
806 W Wright St, West Branch, MI 48661
(Pick up at Central Dispatch)
Sheriff Kevin Grace
301 S Morenci Ave, Mio, MI 48647
(Pick up at Central Dispatch).
Sheriff Allan MacGregor
428 W. Lake Street
Tawas City, Michigan 48763
(Stop by sheriff department and fill out form)
Sheriff Chad Brown
11045 M-32 West
Atlanta, MI 49709
(Stop by department for form).