Chief George Basar
Captain Scott Mannor
611 E. Grand River
Howell, MI 48843
For all Police Response, please dial 911
Hands Free is NOT Risk Free!
According to a recent study by AAA, distracted driving is a factor in 58% of teen driver moderate to severe crashes. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, and now we know that distracted driving plays a much bigger role than we knew.
AAA analyzed 1,700 teenaged driver car accidents (all of them on video). In many of them, the eyes of the driver are so glued to their phones that they drive out of their lanes without even realizing it was happening. They are so unaware of their surroundings that they take no evasive action... they don't brake or swerve, often hitting the other car (or barrier) at full speed.
Research confirms that passengers and cell phones are the two most prevalent distractions for teen drivers. It's vital that parents take an active role in educating their teens about distracted driving. If you have a teen driver in your household, think about the AAA Start Smart Parent-Teen Driving Agreement, available here.
Lottery Scam Alert!
Residents in Livingston County have reported receiving letters saying that they have won a lottery prize. Usually there is a check included, supposedly to help you pay a "processing fee". Both the prize and the check are bogus. These letters usually come from outside the country or out of state. It's more difficult to tell that it's a scam because the initial letter does not request bank account information.
The Howell Police Department advises that you do not respond in any way. Legitimate lotteries or sweepstakes will never require a payment in order to win a prize. If you have not entered a lottery or sweepstakes, it's extremely unlikely you'll be a winner.
These letters are annoying, but are not illegal. Do not respond to them, either by mail or phone. Do not attempt to cash any unsolicited and unexpected check. Do not ever give callers or the senders of these letters any personal information (dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, credit card or bank numbers, etc.) A sample letter is below:
If you have any question about the legitimacy of anything you receive, please contact your local police department for advice and direction.
Be Smart -- Be Safe!
Check Road Conditions
The Winter Travel Advisory is updated twice a day or as information concerning travel conditions is received. You may call the Winter Travel Advisory Hotline at 1-800-381-8477 for up-to-date road conditions.
ADVISORY: TELEPHONE SCAM ALERT
It’s come to our attention that an individual or individuals is making calls to local residents, representing themselves as officers or detectives from the Howell Police Department or other local law enforcement agencies. Sometimes they identify themselves as being from the “Warrant Division”. The caller advises that there is a warrant for the persons’ arrest, and that they must immediately send money, usually requesting the resident immediately get a money order or green dot money card. They have in the past identified themselves as “Officer Delaware” or “Detective Harris”. They can be very persuasive and convincing while at other times are aggressive and demanding.
Please be aware that no one from the Howell Police Department would ever make such a phone call requesting money.
Residents are advised to never give out any personal or financial information over the phone to someone you don’t know. If you suspect that something is not right, hang up and make direct contact with the institution they claim to represent to determine the validity of the call.
If you have any questions or concerns about being a victim of this scam, please contact your local police department, or call 911 to make a police report.
Mission Statement - The Howell Police Department, in partnership with the community, strives to provide ethical, impartial, and professional service to all citizens, guests, and businesses of the City of Howell.
The members of the Howell Police Department realize that in order to succeed in our mission, we must exhibit the highest standard of integrity and hold ourselves beyond reproach.
George Basar, Chief of Police Scott Mannor, Captain
Sergeant Jeff Woods Sergeant Matthew Kelleher Sergeant David Fogo
Officer Darren Lockhart Officer Gary Mitts Officer Steve Rupp Officer Renee Small
Officer Don Banfield Detective Paul Miller Officer Nick Spyke Officer Mike Dunn
Officer Luke Lorenz Officer Chase Kobel Officer Derek Burke