In addition to their normal patrol functions, most of the Deputies are cross
trained in one or several extra professional skill sets. Others are permanently
assigned to investigative positions or public relation details.
The Detective Bureau of the Sheriff’s Office, are full time positions currently
occupied by a Detective Lieutenant and five deputies. They perform a wide range
of investigative jobs and account for one of the busiest workloads in the
department. In addition to the normal investigations, one detective is trained
in the latest computer/internet examination procedures. On top of all of this,
many still maintain their skill sets from previous road patrol assignments, and
are called on to assist road patrol investigations.
New to the department is the arson investigation team. Sheriff Donnellon, in
cooperation with the various County Fire Chiefs, started this unit in 2009. The
unit is called on to determine cause and origin of the many structure and
vehicle fires that occur within St Clair County. Since its inception, the team
has already been involved in several fire scenes, some of which involved
The unit also has had a new member assigned. Gunner, a lively goldador, has just
finished arson dog training and is now assigned to the team.
SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM
When situations arise that call for a more weighted response, the members of the
counties SRT team are called. Whether assisting in executing narcotic search
warrants or working thru a dangerous hostage situation, these highly trained
deputies meet each incident with unmatched professionalism. Members have
received training in various areas from explosive breaching, clandestine
laboratory entry to precision marksman. The team has trained with various
agencies such as the: FBI, DEA, Border Patrol and several other Michigan
In addition to these units, deputies are trained in several of the following
- Evidence technician
- Accident investigation/reconstruction
- Medical examiner special investigator
- DARE/School resource
Sheriff Donnellon is committed to providing the most highly trained deputies
possible to conduct the investigations for the citizens of St. Clair County.