Sheriff Programs

A Child is Missing

How the program works:

The A Child is Missing (ACIM) program works like this: an officer has verified that an individual is missing and ACIM technician is called. The officer gives the technician the pertinent information about the missing person, including description, clothes worn and the time/location last seen.

The ACIM technician uses computer-mapping technology to identify the area where the individual was last seen. A satellite imagery program is also used to increase the map-tracking accuracy and to help visualize "hot spots" that may harbor the missing child or attract a "wandering" individual.

Next, an individual message is recorded, with the description of the person and the alert is phoned to homes/businesses in the area of where the missing person was last seen. The alert message asks residents to check their property for the missing person and to call their local law enforcement agency should they have any information. If a lead is obtained, the search can be expanded to that area.

ACIM has over 60 million phone numbers and does not include unlisted numbers in the United States. This automated system can send 1,000-recorded messages within 60 seconds and has a 98 percent listen rate when the phone is answered.

ACIM technicians are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. The technician will check with the officer on the scene until the child is found or the search has been called off in that area. They are there to serve and assist law enforcement agencies in the search and safe recovery of missing children, elderly (often with Alzheimer's), college students or mentally or physically challenged persons.

ACIM program is FREE to all law enforcement agencies: ACIM serves every race, color and creed without regard to economic status or gender. In some geographic areas, messages are recorded in languages other than English to facilitate the search.

ACIM searched for infants/children 2 to 18 year old, elderly (often with Alzheimer's), college students and disabled (often unconscious).

ACIM does not have unlisted phone numbers in its calling files, but can add unlisted phone and cell numbers provided by owners who want to be contacted in case of a search in their area. We can also include in our database special calling lists for your department. No one has access to the phone numbers we use but ACIM.


Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Saginaw County Commission on Aging and the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office with support provided by the Saginaw County Triad, and the Saginaw County Dementia Advisory Board.

This program is offered to the Saginaw County residents, age sixty (60) years or older, who are affected by severe forms of dementia related illnesses. It is designed to assist in the tracking and locating of people who suffer from Alzheimer's and other related mental dysfunction disorders that may cause them to become lost.

The goal of Project Lifesaver is to ensure that no person suffering from a dementia related illness will become a victim of that illness and that they will be returned safely to their home and family.

How to obtain a Bracelet:

  • Eligibility
    Age 60 or older
    Saginaw County resident
    Suffering from a dementia related illness
  • Contact
    Saginaw County Commission on Aging at (989) 797-6880 or
  • Process
    Initial Assessment from a Commission on Aging caseworker to determine eligibility.
    Once approved, client will be set up with the Lifesaver Bracelet.
    Staff will make monthly in-home visits to ensure equipment is working properly.
  • Client/Family Responsibility
    Initial cost of the Bracelet and, if required, monthly payments.
    Daily light maintenance of equipment.

    Project Lifesaver Brochure


Cops 'N Kids Saginaw, Inc

Cops 'N Kids, Saginaw Inc. is a county-wide organization that gives books to police officers to be distributed on duty to children. Police officers are in a unique position to accomplish two very important objectives:

  1. To promote literacy by giving children books. Books are fundamental tools we can provide children to help them to succeed.
  2. To foster a positive relationship between police officers and Saginaw County youth.

Cops 'n Kids, Saginaw Inc. is a member of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce and has been the recipient of the WNEM-TV5/Dow "Giving Your Best Award" in 2005 and the 2006 Optimist International Law Enforcement Award. For more information please visit the Cops 'N Kids website.


Amber Alert

The Michigan AMBER Alert plan is a partnership between law enforcement and the media to help in the immediate dissemination of information to the public about an abducted child. AMBER Alerts are urgent bulletins issued utilizing the Emergency Alert System to interrupt radio and television broadcasting in the most serious child-abduction cases. The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry. Amber Alert of Michigan is supported by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Sheriff's Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

MCL 28.751, et seq. establishes the Michigan Amber Alert Program and places the responsibility for the Michigan AMBER Alert system with the Department of State Police.


Get Stopped

The Michigan Sheriffs' Association (MSA)

The Michigan Sheriffs' Association (MSA) and your local Sheriff are pleased to introduce the STOPPED (Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers) program.

A parental notification system that was developed for the state by the Michigan Sheriffs' Association, the goal of STOPPED is to reduce the number of young drivers who are injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes each year.

Annually over 3,000 drivers, ages 16 to 21 years old, die in the United States as a result of motor vehicle crashes.

MSA and your local Sheriff are pleased to offer parents this voluntary notification system that extends their watchful eyes and raises the level of awareness for drivers under the age of 21.

On Your Mark
Parents voluntarily register with the Michigan Sheriffs' Association any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21.

Get Set...
An identification decal is issued by the Michigan Sheriffs' Association and should be affixed to the front windshield of each registered vehicle.

If for any reason, the registered vehicle is stopped by Sheriff's deputies while a person under the age of 21 is driving, the officer will complete a notification card that provides the following information:

  • Time and location of stop
  • Driver's name and the number of passengers in vehicle
  • Reason for the stop
  • Whether any citations were issued

The notification will then be mailed directly to the parents in order to make them aware of potential problems as well as enable them to enforce parental rules that often co-exist with teenage driving privileges.

For more information or to enroll, call (800) 875-5500.


House Checks

One of the services offered by the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office is that of House Checks.

If you are going on an extended vacation or if you go out of state for the winter and would like a deputy to conduct a premises check of your residence, you can call the Sheriff's Office Administrative Office at (989) 790-5456 and select extension 0 or register on-line.


Research and Planning

Coordinator - Rich Lively
Office: (989) 790-545
Fax: (989) 790-5429

Research and Planning is responsible for the coordination, development and advancement of concepts, programs, projects and fiscal and material resources that enhance and/or improve the Department's capacity to deliver efficient and effective public safety services throughout the County. The following minimum responsibilities/tasks represent performance standards associated with the Research and Planning position.

  • Seek out, prepare and submit federal, state, local and private grant initiatives that enhance departmental operations and/or services.
  • Research, review and revise, where appropriate, departmental operational and administrative policies.
  • Coordinate and monitor interdepartmental and interdisciplinary programs and projects.
  • Facilitate departmental Homeland Security initiatives.
  • Maintain fiscal, material, educational and human resource data and contact information relative to public safety services.
  • Assist in the analysis and development of departmental goals, objectives and performance standards.
  • Serve as liaison between governmental and private institutions for purposes of building and sustaining positive educational, programmatic and fiscal relationships.
  • Participate in departmental planning strategies and conduct assessments/analysis of departmental services.
  • Review and assess contemporary public safety trends that have potential application within our agency.

Current (Grant) Funding and Service Delivery Partners:

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  • Alcohol, Seatbelt, Intersection Enforcement and Secondary Road patrol
    (Supports 3 Deputy's positions as well as enforcement overtime and equipment)
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  • Auto Theft Recovery
    (Supports 1 Deputy's position and equipment)
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  • First Responder
    (Supports equipment and training)
Michigan Sheriff's Association
  • Victim's Assistance
    (Supports equipment and training)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Marine Services
    (Supports marine equipment and maintenance)
U.S. Department of Justice (JAG)
U.S. Department of Justice (BVP)
  • Body Armor
    (Supports the purchase/replacement of Bullet Proof Vests)
Saginaw County Road Commission
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
    (Supports 1 Deputy's Position)