Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 998 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Alarms (29), Car/Deer Accidents (25), Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists (40), Check Well Beings (16), Domestic Disputes (17), Shoplifting Complaints (37), Larcenies (39), Drug Offense/Overdose (3), Property Damage Hit & Run (6), Suicidal Threat or Attempt (14), Property Damage Crashes (26), Suspicious Subject/Situation/- Vehicle (43), Traffic Hazards (29), Traffic Stops (310), Traffic Violations (27), and Vacation Checks (19).
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. While we don’t want to think this happens in Eaton County, sadly it’s more common than you think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. The Department of Health and Human Services has found that one in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
The 2020 national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month campaign theme is “#1Thing”. By learning one thing about teen dating violence and sharing that with a friend, every teen can make a difference. By just learning or doing one thing, you can start the conversation about healthy relationships in your friend circles, schools, and communities. Everyone has a part in ending dating abuse, even if that one thing seems small in the moment.
Did you know there was a National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline? This is part of loveisrespect.org. This service has text, phone, and live chat services. The texting function of the Helpline allows for users to text the Helpline advocates 24 hours a day, seven days a week about anything ranging from questions about healthy dating to raising red flags about relationships. The Helpline’s peer advocates serve thousands of teens and young adults through the 24/7 phone service. Users call 1-866-331-9474 to be connected with an advocate who is trained to offer education, support and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, siblings, parents, teachers, law enforcement members and service providers. The live chat (IM-style) of the Helpline is another way for users to contact a peer advocate. They receive the same one-on-one, real-time, confidential information from a trained peer advocate as they do if they contact loveisrespect.org (link is external) by text and phone.
Every step towards ending dating violence is an important one!
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich