The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) developed a chart detailing what to do next based on possible COVID-19 exposure.

Please click here for MDHHS "I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?" informational chart.

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By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

With President Donald Trump directing the nation to practice social distancing, imposed business and governmentPoliceWeekUniform w flowers building closures and large events canceled nationwide due to COVID-19, state and national Police Week events set for May have also been canceled.

Police Week 2020 is May 10-16 and many events were planned in and around Washington DC, including the 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil, which draws some 30,000 visitors annually.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial instead will formally dedicate the names of the 2019 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and those who died earlier in history, who have yet to be recognized, during a virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13.

“The current crisis that our nation and the world is facing has resulted in the cancelation of public gatherings in DC during National Police Week 2020,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “We will not let this crisis deter us from honoring the fallen. We plan to march forward in solidarity with a virtual Candlelight Vigil and the reading of the names that can be watched from anywhere in the world. Then, as the future becomes more certain and the end of the crisis is near, we will begin to make plans for an in-person reading of names to honor our fallen officers."

The Veterans Benefits Administration issued this statement about office closures on March 18, 2020:

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19.

Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services. This decision protects our older Veterans and those with underlying conditions as well as our employees.

Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting our website at Veterans with claims specific or other questions may request information via Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) or telephone at 1-800-827-1000.

VBA benefits and services provided to Veterans, families, and survivors will continue to be delivered throughout the duration of COVID-19 impacts.

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Veterans Benefits Administration

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) tracks Law Enforcement population trends annually. According to the latest report, from 2001 to Jan. 2020 there continues to be an overall decline in Police Officers and Law Enforcement Positions.

Click here for MCOLES January 2020 Law Enforcement Population Trends.

Photos by Jerald James, MAP Labor Specialist                                                                                                                                                 Henry Ford Hospital Police Authority hosted their first Boys in Blue Cook Too, a cookoff between male members of the department.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Every year Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) Police Authority raises money to fund Jingle Jangle Adopt an Angel to provide gifts for area needy children. But for years, the female members of the unit were doing all the cooking for event fundraisers.

The male Security Police Officers decided it was time they do more than sell tickets and pass out food. So, HFHS Security Police Officer (SPO) John Snitgen helped organize the Authority’s first Boys in Blue Cook Too fundraising cookoff Jan. 31.

This Michigan Association of Police apple pie was made by HFH Police Authority President Ricky Day.

“We do several fundraisers throughout the year,” Snitgen said. “They put together dinners to sell to different parts of the hospital. The girls would always do the dinners and the guys would sell dinners. In November, I said we should do a Boys In Blue Cook Too, so the guys do everything. It was our first time doing it and we were all volunteering our own time and food.”

The fundraiser included management, officers, dispatch and parking staff. Each attendee paid $10 to taste and judge the food samples and received a raffle ticket for the Valentine’s Day gift basket drawing. About 50 people attended and they raised $400 after expenses, Snitgen said. Those funds will go toward the Jingle Jangle Adopt an Angel program, which benefits up to 20 underprivileged children.