Recently, at the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) Summer Conference, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard was recognized by his peers as a ‘Michigan Master Sheriff.’ To be eligible for the Michigan Master Sheriff designation, a sitting sheriff must meet certain criteria. Locally, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office covers Springfield Township. 

 The Master Sheriff candidate must have been elected and served a minimum of 12 years as sheriff; must not have any high court misdemeanors or felony convictions and must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license; must have successfully completed the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Police Academy or the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council Basic Corrections Academy; and must also have continued his professional education. The Master Sheriff candidate must be a member in good standing with the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA).

 Blaine Koops, executive director of MSA, said, “Sheriff Bouchard has always set the bar high for other Michigan sheriffs to follow.”

 Bouchard has served 33 years as a law enforcement officer and an elected official and has served 20 years as the elected sheriff of Oakland County. “I am humbled and honored to receive this designation from the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and am grateful to the Board of Directors who selected me in their process,” Bouchard said.

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