Sergeant John Cratsenburg of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has received The Washtenaw 100’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for 2022.
Sgt. Cratsenburg, a 15-year Sheriff’s Office veteran, was recognized last week at our Annual Dinner for his many responsibilities within the WCSO. He leads the department’s Police Training Program, Crisis Negotiations Team, and Secondary Road Patrol (Traffic Team). He also works midnights in Ypsilanti Township, the WCSO’s busiest area, where he guides the department’s newest deputies as they grow into their roles.
Sgt. Cratsenburg recently rethought and rewrote the WCSO’s deputy training program and is overseeing its implementation. Over the years he has trained many dozens of new deputies, while monitoring their progress to help ensure they succeed.
Sgt. Cratsenburg has also received region-wide press coverage for driving the WCSO’s collaboration with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) in their innovative work to help defuse hostage crises and other urgent situations.
Lieutenant Shane Peltier of the WCSO nominated Sgt. Cratsenburg for the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award – and he couldn’t be more effusive in his praise. He says: “Sgt. Cratsenburg is truly a role model, someone we can always trust to get the job done. He’s known for his meticulous attention to detail in the administrative areas of his job, and he has an exceptional work ethic. Sixteen-hour days are not unusual for this dedicated public servant, whenever the community’s needs call for it.”
Everyone in attendance at the award presentation added their congratulations.