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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

[MI] Fearing Deputy Haan may kill himself, have an accident, or kill her

...His wife told police "he should not be on the streets." She feared Haan may "try and kill himself...have an accident...or hurt her." Haan told deputies he "could not go on"... Haan said he was on a cocktail of prescription medication for depression and bipolar disorder...

Sheriff's deputy arrested a third time
WOOD-TV, MI - Mar 31, 2008
By Tony Tagliavia
[Excerpts] An Allegan County sheriff's deputy is off the beat after being arrested a third time. Kevin Haan is on unpaid administrative leave as a board of inquiry decides his fate after allegations of drunken driving, making a threatening phone call to his wife, and violating the terms of his bond... "That doesn't sound like him as far as what I knew him for," said Dorr Township Supervisor Don Kaczanowski. "He was very good at communicating the people." The threatening phone calls occurred about a month ago. Haan was released on bond but violated an unknown condition of that bond and was arrested again. Then Haan was arrested sometime last week in Barry County for drunken driving - a crime in and of itself, but also another violation of that original bond. Undersheriff Jim Hull says these events have been tough on the department, describing Haan as a longtime employee, and a good one. An internal affairs investigation was done and reviewed by an outside department... [Full article here]

Allegan County sheriff's deputy suspended after third arrest
The Grand Rapids Press
Posted by Nate Reens
April 01, 2008
[Excerpts] ..."He's really going through a tough time in his personal life right now," [Undersheriff Jim] Hull said. "He's a fabulous deputy, but he's got some things he has to deal with right now and he can't do that while working." Hull said Haan threatened his wife, but there is no allegation that any violence occurred... As the undersheriff, Hull holds Haan's fate in his hands. Hull is responsible for reviewing recommendations for discipline that he expects a board of two force sergeants and a lieutenant to hand him next week. Haan could be fired or face other corrective measures. Haan has worked for the county for about 18 years, earning praise from the heads of Dorr, Salem and Leighton townships in 2000. Leaders in those governments fought for Haan to be returned to their area after he was transferred to a neighboring community... Hull said Haan's arrest by his fellow deputies was difficult, but necessary. "They've got a job that they have to do, regardless of who it is," Hull said... [Full article here]

Court documents reveal arrested deputy's state of mind
By Marc Thompson
April. 2, 2008
[Excerpts] Court documents reveal an Allegan County sheriff's deputy is potentially a danger to himself and others, after winding up on the wrong side of the law, not once, but three times. It is a story 24 Hour News 8 broke Monday night. As we dug deeper into court records, it appears Kevin Haan may have been on the verge of a breakdown. Haan was first arrested March 4 for allegedly making threatening phone calls to his estranged wife. He was released on bond, but with conditions, including not consuming alcohol and having no further contact with his spouse. But according to court documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8, Haan violated those conditions by calling his wife again on March 13. He also admitted to drinking a half pint of vodka and blowing a 0.18 alcohol level. Haan told his wife he was considering checking himself into Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids. His wife told police "he should not be on the streets." She feared Haan may "try and kill himself...have an accident...or hurt her." Haan told deputies he "could not go on." Officers in his own department arrested him for a second time for violating an unknown condition of the bond. Then came arrest number three on March 24. This time Haan was apparently drunk behind the wheel of his car in Barry County, crossing the centerline on M-37, according to a police report. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated. Haan told the arresting officer he "was having marital problems." He again admitted to drinking a half pint of vodka. Haan said he was on a cocktail of prescription medication for depression and bipolar disorder... Sheriff's officials told 24 Hour News 8 all employees have access to mental health assistance through Help Net, a firm in Kalamazoo. Officials would not confirm for us, however, whether Haan sought that assistance. [Full article here]

Arrests shine light on police job stress Departments provide resources to officers for job that takes toll
HollandSentinel.com, MI
April 6, 2008
[Excerpts] Deputy Kevin Haan served 18 years with the Allegan County Sheriff's Office before problems in his personal life -- possibly coupled with the stress of police work -- took a toll on his career. After Haan was arrested for the third time in one month, he was placed on unpaid leave from the sheriff's office, Allegan County Undersheriff Jim Hull said... Holland police officer Ken DeKleine was arrested in January for the murder of his wife, Lori... Hull said that deputies such as Haan have access to counseling through a program called Help Net for problems ranging from family to financial issues. All deputies also report to a supervisor, Hull said, who is trained to look for changes in behavior. "They are hyper-vigilant about looking for the signs," Hull said. Hull said many experiences police have on the job are troubling, which may explain a higher number of issues with substance abuse, suicide and heart attacks in members of law enforcement. "In this profession you're dealing with grief and people who are not friendly with you, yet you have to be constantly professional and nice" Hull said. [Full article here]

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    he was allowed to get out for a family funtion for 7 days or so.and then come back to serve his his time in jail? do they let other inmates out for things like this i dont think so and i bet he was not in cuffs.


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