Welcome to the Official Website of the Muskegon County Prosecutor, DJ Hilson. As the chief law enforcement officer for Muskegon County, Prosecutor Hilson is dedicated to the principles of Justice, Fairness, and Community. This site will allow visitors access to information regarding upcoming community events, introduce the members of the staff of the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office, and guide visitors through the criminal justice process.
In addition, this site will provide detailed information regarding community outreach programs focused on crime prevention including the Social Justice Diversion Program, Men & Women of Honor, Project Justice, and the Operation Graduation truancy initiative.
Officer Involved Shooting
On August 12, 2016, Officer Doug Conrad from the City of Muskegon Police Department was dispatched to an apartment complex on Oak Street in the City of Muskegon on a report of a young female threatening a young male with a knife. The report also indicated the male had been cut by the female and was hiding in a bathroom at the apartment complex. Upon arrival, Ofc. Conrad observed a young male running at a full sprint away from an armed female, approximately six to eight feet behind the male, who was pursuing the male with a long knife and a BBQ fork. Ofc. Conrad, acting to defend the male, gave two verbal commands to drop the knife but the female continued her pursuit. Ofc. Conrad drew his duty weapon and discharged it four times, striking the female in the leg. Ofc. Conrad rendered aid to the female as well as placing her under arrest for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.
The Michigan State Police, as is customary in Officer Involved Shooting situations, was brought in to investigate. After conlcuding their investigation, which included witness statements, audio recordings from Muskegon Central Dispatch, and dashcam video from multiple officers, the State Police turned over their findings to Prosecutor Hilson. Upon a thorough review of the materials submitted, Prosecutor Hilson concluded Ofc. Conrad acted in reasonable self defense of others by discharging his weapon at the young female. The full dispositional report is available by clicking here.
Michigan Prisoners, Violent Crime
and Public Safety
In August of 2016, the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan released the results of an in-depth breakdown of the Michigan Department of Corrections, including analysis of the number of prisoners, the types of offenses for which they were incarcerated, and how Michigan compares to neighboring states. For the full report, click here.
On December 20, 2015, Ordinance Number 2015-441, enacted by the Muskegon County Board of Commisioners will take effect. The new ordinance reads as follows:
Section 1: Authority
This Ordinance is adopted under the authority of MCL 46.11.
Section 2: Prohibition
No person shall knowingly or willfully obstruct, resist, hinder, oppose, assault, beat or wound any police officer, peace officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff or person authorized by law to maintain or preserve the peace, while such officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff or person is lawfully serving or executing process, carrying out lawful orders, enforcing the laws, preserving or maintaining the peace or performing or attempting to perform their lawful duties.
Section 3: Penalty
A violation of this ordinance shall be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.00.
Section 4: Effective Date
This ordinance will become effective immediately upon publication.
Motion by Commissioner Mahoney, second by Commissioner Wilkins, carried, to adopt the foregoing ordinance at a regular meeting of the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners held Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
YES: Benjamin E. Cross, Marvin Engle, Susie Hughes, Jeff Lohman, Kenneth Mahoney, Charles Nash, Robert Scolnik, Rillastine r. Wilkins, Terry J. Sabo.
Prosecutor Hilson is proud to be a part of an effort designed to make it easier for parents to talk to their children about drugs. Yes, there's an app for that! Follow this link to talksooner.org to learn more about how you can be more active in the lives of your children and teach them about the dangers of drug abuse.
The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office is proud to welcome the newest member of our team, Oscar. Oscar is an 18 month old black lab who comes to our office by way of the Canine Advocacy Program. Prosecutor Hilson is honored to be among the first Prosecutor's Offices in the state to utilize the services of a canine advocate.
Oscar has already made himself a vital member of the team offering comfort and assistance to young victims. Oscar will continue to provide a calming influence to young victims when they have to meet with investigators and Oscar is even able to accompany those victims to court to help them through the often difficult task of confronting defendants.
Oscar has his own Facebook page. Like him here (and who wouldn't!). You can read more about Oscar and his journey to the Prosecutor's Office here.