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Cass City Police Department provides update report
Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:31:53 EDT
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Each month Cass City Chief of Police Craig Haynes provides the village council a report on the department.
One of the items in his last report was Halloween activities.
"The village of Cass City does not regulate the Halloween holiday. This would be the same for other national holidays," noted Haynes. "At best, we can set hours, and as has been the past practice from 5:30 to 7 p.m."
He suggested those who want to participate in passing out treats have their porch light on, and those who do not want to participate should have the porch light off.
Participation in trick or treating in the village will be dependent on residents, and participants are responsible for following best-practice guidelines.
According to Haynes, the governor is supposed to issue best practice guidelines for Halloween soon.
"We will share them on social media when they are received," he said.
Also, the department has finally received its new vehicle. On Sept. 21, the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle was delivered. The vehicle is in the process of having the necessary police equipment installed. When that is complete, the vehicle will replace the 2016 Ford.
The vehicle was expected to arrive earlier, but was delayed by the COVID - 19 pandemic.
And, on the issue of the pandemic, Haynes and other officers attend weekly COVID-19 teleconferences with the Tuscola County Health Department, and prosecutor's office.
"Also, the department receives daily complaints from residents receiving fraudulent calls. The scams are usually phone calls, but also come through the U.S. Mail," he reported. "There has been a recent increase in the types of complaints."
Because of that, he has issued social media and the village's newsletter to inform the public.
The police department also does code enforcement.
So far this year, the department has handled 539 cases where in 2019 the department addressed 613 complaints during the same time period.