Contact: Jennifer Putney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2021
PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE WORKS TO EDUCATE ALL OF MACOMB COUNTY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT
Mount Clemens, Michigan — The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has visited almost all of the county’s law enforcement agencies, providing specialized training, to ensure that the Prosecutor’s relationship with law enforcement most effectively and efficiently benefits the citizens of Macomb County.
So far, the Prosecutor’s Office has visited and trained law enforcement in the cities of Centerline, Roseville, New Baltimore, Sterling Heights, Eastpointe, St. Clair Shores, Utica, and the townships of Clinton, Chesterfield, and Shelby, as well as the County Sheriff’s Department. These trainings have taken place on 21 separate days and will be completed after the Warren Police Department is trained over the span of several additional days.
The trainings are a result of the precedents set in the United States Supreme Court case Caplin & Drysdale v. United States. Prosecutor Peter J. Lucido sponsored and passed legislation as a Michigan State Senator which outlined protocols and standards with this decision in mind. The Prosecutor recognizes that forfeiture is a powerful deterrent to wholesale drug dealers; moreover, forfeiture works to eliminate much of the profit incentive from drug dealing and provides needed resources for state and local drug enforcement authorities currently waging a war on drugs. Since becoming Prosecutor, Lucido has made significant strides and efforts to continue the prevention of drug abuse in Macomb. Though the times continue to change, substance abuse remains a pressing issue in our community.
The Prosecutor’s Office has a vested interest in separating criminals from property acquired through illegal means. Updating law enforcement agencies on changes in legislature and judicial procedures is an explicit action taken by the Prosecutor to preserve the rights and liberties of Macomb County citizens. By using joint efforts to combat these ill-gotten gains, the Macomb community is taking a unified approach to deterring criminal behavior.
“Macomb is home to many hard-working families,” stated Prosecutor Lucido, “and we ought to work transparently with law enforcement to protect the property rights of honest Macomb County residents, while ensuring criminals do not benefit from ill-gotten gains.”