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Summer 2005

Warren C. Evans: Sheriff fights crime, fosters cooperation

A Detroit native, Wayne County Sheriff Warren C. Evans ’86, has served more than 34 years in numerous areas of law enforcement in Wayne County, starting as a deputy at age 21 and becoming the department’s youngest-ever lieutenant at age 28. He has worked in road patrol, narcotics, marine patrol (including the dive team), mounted division and internal affairs. While achieving the rank of undersheriff by age 38, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Science from then Madonna College, Master’s in Criminal Justice from UDM and a law degree from Detroit College of Law. He also became an attorney and graduated from the exclusive FBI National Academy in Virginia.

Sheriff Evans’ commitment to improving his community is paying off in increased arrests, better agency cooperation and more than $7 million in new grants for programs.

In 1991, he launched the Wayne County Department of Community Justice and revamped the county’s entire juvenile justice system. While serving as Chief of Special Operations at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, he oversaw the juvenile division, police shooting investigations, major drug prosecutions and auto theft.

He was appointed sheriff in January 2003 and elected in November 2004 with 70 percent of the countywide vote. His office serves as a partner to the Detroit Police and the county’s 42 other local police departments to reduce crime, thwart repeat offenders and rescue missing and endangered children. His department’s increasing use of technology is promoting the prompt sharing of information and intelligence among police agencies.

The UDM alumnus has received 10 citations/commendations for valor and merit from the Sheriff’s office during his career and other awards, including the 1987 Spirit of Detroit Award for public service in law enforcement/corrections.    

“My experience at the University of Detroit Mercy has been an invaluable part of my professional success thus far, and I still rely on the principles I learned at the college,” Sheriff Evans says. “UDM has an excellent criminal justice program with an outstanding faculty. What impressed me most was the real-world knowledge that I was able to gain from professors that enhanced my academic work.”