Oakland County Battles Human Trafficking with New Website

On January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Health Division and Sheriff’s Office, held a press conference to address the issue of human trafficking. Also joining the commissioners were members of the public, community partners, law enforcement, and elected officials who are committed to promoting education and awareness about trafficking in Oakland County. Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz opened the press conference with the announcement of the launch of a new website, a collaborative effort on behalf of the Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force and its partners. The website, www.oakgov.com/humantrafficking, is intended to be a primary source of information about human trafficking for the region. It provides information and support for victims, parents, advocates, professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about the issue and how to help.

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Help Oakland County Monitor Lake Water Quality this Summer

We’re deep in the throes of winter, but we can certainly dream about summer! When your county is home to over 100 lakes, there’s nothing that compares to a Michigan summer on the water. We all want to keep Oakland County lakes clean for swimmers, boaters, water skiers, fish, and wildlife and you can help by volunteering for the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). The CLMP, which is working in partnership with the Oakland County Board of CommissionersOakland County Health Division, and Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), needs volunteers like you to help monitor and protect the health of our beautiful local lakes.

“We are excited to partner with the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program to provide residents with valuable resources to monitor the health of our lakes,” said Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell. “Together we can help preserve and protect hundreds of lakes across Oakland County for generations to come.” Continue reading

Be Informed – Use Video Game Ratings this Holiday Shopping Season

The holiday season is here and kids of all ages are adding new and favorite video games to their holiday wish lists. Whether you’re a parent, close relative, or a friend, purchasing video games can be complicated. While some video games might seem innocent, it’s not always easy to tell if the content is age-appropriate without checking the rating first.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners encourages parents and other gift-givers to ensure they are purchasing age-appropriate games by looking at the back of video game packaging, or online, to view their ratings. Watch as Diana Lewis, veteran WXYZ news anchor, sheds more light on this important issue.

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Oakland is Open for Business – Join us August 9th!

Oakland County business owners, entrepreneurs, suppliers, contractors, and vendors, you’re invited to ‘Oakland is Open for Business,’ a FREE event that will help you explore the services the county offers to help your business grow and thrive. Did you know Oakland County spends $100 million annually on goods and services? Here’s your chance to learn how to bid on new business opportunities with the county, increase visibility for your business, and get an overview of the free business services and resources that we offer.

Join us at the Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford on Wednesday, August 9th from 2 – 4 pm and let Oakland County help you set your business up for continued success.  Continue reading

Gun Safety Top Priority for Board, Sheriff, & Law Enforcement in Saving Lives

Commissioner William Dwyer and Sheriff Michael Bouchard demonstrate the proper use of a gun safety lock

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners kicked off National Safety Month with their annual Gun Safety Awareness press conference. The conference was a huge success and was attended by county officials, safety advocates, and over 30 local law enforcement agencies. It highlighted the importance of safe firearm storage in curbing gun violence and educated the public on the importance of means restriction in suicide prevention.

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