WHEREAS, arson affects everyone in Michigan and signifies devastation, destruction and death; workers lose jobs, towns and cities lose tax dollars, burned buildings create blighted areas, and innocent people are injured or killed. Arson costs Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars each year; and,
WHEREAS, according to the National Fire Reporting System, an estimated 1,835 fires were intentionally set in Michigan in 2014, resulting in six deaths, more than 22 injuries, and $16,213,642 in losses; and,
WHEREAS, arson is a heinous crime and especially difficult to prosecute. We owe it to our investigators and to the public to help them with the most effective tools available to battle this dangerous and costly crime; and,
WHEREAS, the theme for Arson Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2015, “Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC) – Sniffing Out Arson” recognizes the value of these motivated, accelerant detection animals to Michigan fire departments, law enforcement agencies and their communities; and,
WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services, Michigan Arson Prevention Committee and Michigan State Police to encourage citizens of the Great Lakes State to recognize the costly consequences of arson, and to work together to prevent arson in their neighborhoods and communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 3 – 9, 2015 as Arson Awareness Week in Michigan.