Oakland County Launches School Safety Webpage

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored National Safety Month with their annual Gun Safety Awareness press conference to discuss gun violence prevention methods and to launch a brand new webpage dedicated to school safety. Commissioner Tom. J. Berman welcomed a group of law enforcement officials, safety advocates, and fellow commissioners to the press conference in his opening remarks, emphasizing the importance of responsible gun ownership in preventing gun violence.

“Thank you for joining us for National Safety Month and to discuss the measures we can all take to help reduce the risk of gun violence in homes, communities, and schools.”

Commissioner Tom. J. Berman

Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard highlighted gun trigger locks and how they are a quick and efficient way of preventing gun violence. He gave the audience a demonstration on how quick and easy it is to secure firearms with a trigger lock.

“We encourage people to take this kind of step when they’re leaving a weapon out of their custody and control to make sure that we don’t have tragedies or we don’t have weapons fall into the hands of a criminal and be used against somebody in the immediate offing.”

Michael J. Bouchard demonstrates how to safely secure a gun lock.

“Providing a safe school environment for every student in Oakland County is critical now more than ever and is something every child deserves,” said Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson as she expanded upon the Sheriff’s point about gun locks. She shared information about the Gun Lock Giveaway, an initiative started in partnership with the Board of Commissioners and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. Local police departments across the county have gun locks, donated by The National Shooting Sports Foundation‘s (NSSF) Project ChildSafe initiative at no cost to the taxpayer, to give out to the public free of charge.

Jackson also discussed the brand new School Safety Resource Webpage. A collaboration between the Oakland County Health Division, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, and Oakland Schools to provide information about a multitude of issues related to school safety.

Commissioner Janet Jackson

“Here, you will find important information on youth suicide prevention, active shooter preparation, and anti-bullying resources,” Jackson explained. “We have also included links to resources for programs related to mental and emotional health, dating violence prevention, social media safety, and more.” Continue reading

Boating Safety: Be Prepared to Drop Anchor in Oakland County

There’s a bunch of fun and excitement to be had on the water when boating. However, it’s incredibly important to be prepared and to review safety tips involving boats and lakes before heading out to the water. Don’t worry; check out our thorough guide on boating safety below, and you’ll be set to ride the waves and lay out on the lake all summer long.

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Board of Commissioners Raise Awareness for Gun and School Safety

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners will recognize National Safety Month with their annual Gun Safety Awareness press conference on Tuesday, June 19th at 1:30 p.m. The conference will be attended by county officials, safety advocates, and over 30 local law enforcement agencies. It will highlight the importance of safe firearm storage in curbing gun violence, tragic accidents, and suicide.

The Board is partnering with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Oakland County Health Division, and Oakland Schools to focus its efforts on school safety this year, with special attention directed toward Youth Suicide Prevention, Active Shooter Preparedness, and Anti-Bullying. Resources for these topics, and others, are available on the Board of Commissioners School Safety resources webpage.

Members of the public are invited to attend the press conference at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac where free gun locks will be available. You can join the conversation online during the event by following @OakGov on Twitter and using #OaklandCounty. Continue reading

Youth In Government Day Highlights Local Government in a Big Way for Students

On May 23rd, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners showcased county government in action to area high school students during their annual Youth in Government Day. Civic engagement was the priority for the day as students engaged in critical thinking exercises and learned about the different departments in county government and how they support the community.

The event, which drew more than 100 high school students from across the county, featured speakers, mock debates, a courtroom visit, and engaging demonstrations centered on Oakland County’s role in the lives of its citizens. Continue reading