With the arrival of the fall season, Sheriff Stan Burchardt would like to remind everyone to be more aware of the deer population on the move in our county. A deer-vehicle crash may be unavoidable, but staying alert and aware while driving can increase your safety on the road.
- Seat belts do save lives and can lessen serious injury in a collision.
- Texting or drinking alcohol while driving greatly decreases your awareness of potential roadway dangers.
- Deer crossing signs can alert you to higher deer population areas.
- Deer stick together - if you see one, there are likely more nearby.
- Deer are especially on the move at dawn and dusk.
- If a crash is unavoidable, a controlled stop is better than swerving or slamming your brakes.
Click here for more Autumn Driving Safety Tips on Michigan's Department of Transportation web site.
Welcome to the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office web site! Since becoming the sheriff in January 1997, I have been dedicated to making the Sheriff's Office an organization that secures the safety of each of our residents, guests and visitors. Improved community policing, a Safe School program, a restructured Detective Bureau and K-9 Unit as well as many other services we provide continue to make Hillsdale County a safe community in which to live and work.
Our mission states that we strive "To protect and serve our community by maintaining a high standard of honor and integrity through professional service." As Sheriff of Hillsdale County, I am proud of the accomplishments of the men and women of this department as they continue to risk their lives to protect the members of our community.
Thank you for your continued trust in the Sheriff's Office. I encourage you to become an involved citizen in the communities in which you live and work.
God Bless You,
Sheriff Stan W. Burchardt