GERRISH TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
The latest on the
Northern MI 911 centers phone outages.
Administrative lines only for the following counties:
Montmorency Co, Presque Isle Co, Oscoda Co, Alpena Co
Still completely down (no 911, no 7 digit administrative lines):
Roscommon Co, Crawford Co, Bay Co, Alcona Co, Leelenau Co.
Otsego Co 911 service has been restored and Gaylord Regional Dispatch 911 and admin lines have been restored.
CHANGES TO DNR BURN PERMIT
DNR announces change to burn permit call system ~ The Department of Natural Resources today announced that starting Friday, Dec. 7, residents in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula who call the DNR’s toll-free number to check if burn permits are being issued will be connected with a new, automated, interactive voice-recognition system. "The new system will speed up the permit process, yet continue to provide users the guidance needed to complete their burns safely," said O’Neill, who also serves as state forester. "The savings from this switch allow us to channel much-needed funding into programs that are necessary to keep our forests healthy, viable and attractive to residents and visitors alike. We’d like to thank those who loyally
use our online and telephone burn permit systems to ensure they are conducting safe burns. Residents are required to check if the DNR is issuing burn permits before conducting any open burning – recreational campfires and fires used for cooking are the exceptions to this rule. The DNR encourages residents with Internet access to visit www.michigan.gov/burnpermit to get their burn permits online. Residents can use the interactive map to find the burn conditions in their area. If a "yes" is shown in the "burning permits issued" column, burning is allowed for that day. There is no need to print anything; this serves as a burn permit. For those who prefer to get their burn permits by phone, the DNR’s toll-free burn permit number is 866-922-2876. For more information on wildfire prevention, burn permits and fire preparedness, visit www.michigan.gov/preventwildfires.
ATV WINNER TAKES DELIVERY
Congratulations to Victor Mier of Prescott, Mi. for being the lucky winner in the ACT-NOW/Gerrish Township Police drawing for the 2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 ATV. The drawing was held on 10-4-12 at the Gerrish Township Police Department. ACT-NOW and the Gerrish Township Police want to thank the Community and ticket purchasers for their support of this important fundraiser. A special thanks to Gary Fritz, owner of Pioneer Hills Marine and Officer Jonah Schutte for making this project possible.
The fundraiser yielded a total of $4869.00 to be used for all the projects and programs that ACT-NOW and the Gerrish Township Police Department supports.
Pictured above left to right are Project coordinator and Officer Jonah Schutte, ACT-NOW Chairperson Mary Link,
ACT-NOW Bob Barber,winning Mier Family, Pioneer Hills representatives Bill Morley and Dennis Davidson
The Gerrish Township Police Department has entered into an
agreement with iyeTek, LLC to place traffic accident reports on-line.
PayPoliceTicket.com. Accident Report System was selected to serve as our
traffic accident insurance and citizen request technology. What is
PayPoliceTicket.com? PayPoliceTicket.com is an Internet based application that
was developed to help law enforcement agencies and insurance companies manage
and access traffic accident reports in a more efficient manner. Through the use
of “cutting edge” online document management technology, you are now able to
rapidly find and view an accident report immediately after being completed by
the officer. No more waiting in line or mailing report request forms. Now you
can access your reports over the Internet, 24 hours a day!
Like most law enforcement agencies
across America, the Gerrish Township Police Department has been pursuing an
alternative to the hardcopy reporting, storing, and servicing of report
requests. The Gerrish Township Police Department concluded that the
PayPoliceTicket.com system was the most stable and secure solution as a local
accident repository for insurance and citizen report requests. The Gerrish
Township Police Department wanted a system that was designed to do the
* Allow multi-jurisdictional data
sharing and searching
* A comprehensive system to
facilitate web accessible availability of accident reports for insurance
companies, officers and citizens
* Remove the police department from
the billing and request fulfillment process
* Provide officers and
investigators access to accident information for all agencies on the system.
We are convinced internet viewing and
printing will significantly reduce the time spent dealing with insurance
agencies and citizens seeking copies of traffic accident reports. Police Chief
Brian Hill noted: "It is our desire to provide a level of expediency to anyone
wishing to view and print police reports in the convenience of their home or
business, of which has not been available in this area before". The Gerrish
Township Police Department files many traffic accident reports yearly. Normally
each accident report will contain two drivers. This means many individuals and
or insurance companies request copies of reports.
new on-line method will provide an alternative and more expedient method for
obtaining the information they need.
* Reports are available from work
or home, 24 hours a day via the internet.
* Saves citizens the hassles of
driving to the Station.
* Reports are converted to PDF
format making them easy to view, save, print and email.
* Finding a report takes only a few
* Reports are accessible usually
within 48 hours of being completed, excluding holidays and weekends.
* Reports cannot be modified, maintaining report integrity.
* Provides clear, high resolution
images of each report for optimal viewing and printing.
Police Departments with all the software, and training. PayPoliceTicket.com
charges a nominal convenience fee for this service which is added to the cost of
the report. Citizens who do not wish to pay the convenience fee can still come
to the police station and pay the normal report fee if they wish.
Visit www.PayPoliceTicket.com to learn more about PayPoliceTicket.com and its
NEW MACP PRESIDENT
Pictured above is Gerrish Twp. Police Chief Brian Hill with State Attorney General Bill Schuette. Chief Hill was sworn in as the 86th MACP President by Gerrish Twp. Clerk Jodi Valentino. The oath of office was given to Chief Hill along with the other elected MACP Executive Board officials at an Awards Banquet held at Boyne Highlands Resort Conference Center on June 26th. The Michigan Association of Chief's of Police consists of over 1000 law enforcement executives representing municipal, township and state police agencies. The association has an 18-member board representing 14 different districts in Michigan (including the U.P.). The MACP office is located in Okemos and staffed by an Executive Director and an Executive Assistant. MACP has members that serve on 14 different committees and provide liaisons to six different organizations. The MACP, which is celebrating its 88th anniversary this year, is dedicated to the enhanced professionalization of law enforcement in Michigan and serves its membership via professional publications, seminars, training conferences and through legislative endeavors. Chief Hill, as the 2012-2013 President, will represent the MACP at events throughout the state as well as at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference and various legislative events. Chief Hill has been a police officer since 1982 and has served all of his 30 years in law enforcement with the Gerrish Township Police Department. Chief Hill served as a Sergeant at the department for 14 years and was hired as the Chief seven years ago when Chief Biggar retired. Chief Hill has been instrumental in converting and maintaining the department as a "Community Policing" agency while still implementing traditional police values and standards. Chief Hill was also honored for his accomplishments at the ACT NOW Annual Picnic on July 16th by his officers and many citizens from both the Gerrish Township CERT team and ACT NOW Community group.
In compliance with P.A. 56 of 2012, formerly known as SB 778, the Gerrish Township Police have been delegated the responsibility of the local entity dock permitting process referred to P.A. 56 of 2012. The Police Department has worked with the Township Attorney to draft the Dock Permit for usage in the 2012 season. All permits will be handled by Chief Hill or Sgt. Patchin and at this time, no permit fees will be charged to obtain a permit. We will use the 2012 season to monitor the Administrative time necessary for the permitting process and maintenance to evaluate any fee structure in the future. All permits issued will expire November 1, of the given year of the permit. The Township requires that the Township be named as an additional insured and proof of that will be necessary at time of securing the permit. The permit language is contained in the statute. Failure to secure the permit becomes a violation of the statute. We are looking forward to making this process as seamless and convenient as possible in order to guarantee lake access for all who want to visit our lake. The Police Department is prepared to begin permitting effective today. Please contact 989-821-5207 Ext., 286 or 287.
From left to right:
DNR Parks and Recreation Field Coordinator Bruce Ross
Gerrish Twp. Fire/EMS Chief John Patchin
Gerrish Twp. Police Chief Brian Hill
South Higgins Lake State Park Supervisor Dale Shagena
DNR Parks and Recreation Roscommon District Supervisor Anna Sylvester
DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson
On March 14th, Gerrish Twp. Police Chief Brian Hill accepted an award that was presented to the department from MRPA (Michigan Recreation and Park Association) in recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and unselfish devotion for the advancement of parks, recreation and leisure services in the community of Gerrish. For the past five years Chief Hill has organized and coordinated a Youth Alcohol Enforcement effort at the South Higgins Lake State Park during the 4th of July holiday. Up until 2010, part of the funds for this special enforcement effort came from Michigan State Office of Highway Safety Planning. When those grants were no longer available, Chief Hill consulted with partners from the Roscommon County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police, DNR Law Enforcement Division and DNR Parks Division and decided to continue to fund the operation due to its success as it made a positive difference in the community by promoting safety and providing a pleasurable family-oriented recreation environment for our citizens and visitors. Chief Hill attended the MRPA Community Service Award Ceremony at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, along with Gerrish Twp. Fire Chief John Patchin. Chief Hill stated, "Even though we are not part of a traditional public safety department, this type of event would not be possible in our township without the joint efforts from our Gerrish Twp. Fire/EMS Department and that this award will be shared with Chief Patchin and his staff as the mutual support between our two departments is what enables us to provide the best services possible to our community."
Ice Rescue on the frozen waters of Higgins Lake – Gerrish Township - Roscommon County – Michigan.
Incident occurred on Thursday March 15th, 2012 @ around 1845 hours in the evening.
Officers with the Gerrish Township Police Department along with the Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Ice Rescue team were dispatched to the road end of Magnolia near Old Point Comfort of Higgins Lake for a subject who had fallen through the ice. Officers arrived on scene and quickly learned that three subjects had been out on Higgins Lake ice fishing all day. Due to the unseasonable warm temperatures the ice conditions deteriorated on the fishermen without warning. Two of the subjects had made it off the ice with some difficulty however the third subject had fallen through the ice and was approximately 100 yards from shore. With the assistance of the Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Ice rescue team as well as Lyon Township Fire Department, Lake Township Fire Department and the Roscommon County Sheriffs Department the third subject was pulled from the icy waters after approximately 30-40 minutes. Officers credit the use of a life jacket while on the frozen waters as playing a big part in keeping the subject above water making a rescue possible. The subject was transported to Grayling Mercy Hospital for signs of hypothermia where he was treated and released.
PERMANENT PRESCRIPTION PILL DRUG DROP BOX INSTALLED at GERRISH POLICE DEPARTMENT
To serve the community on a 24 hour basis, Gerrish Township Police Department now has a permanent Prescription Pill Drop box affixed to the police building next to the front door. The box is available on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week basis including holidays.
The police department collects the unwanted pills and turns them over to a representative from the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration in a closed system.
Too often, people think that prescription medications may not be dangerous, but they are prescribed for specific health problems and could be very harmful if taken by someone other than who it is prescribed for. These pills along with others will now be destroyed instead of falling into the wrong hands. The Gerrish Township Police Department and Gerrish Township Advisory Community Team – Neighbors on Watch (ACT-NOW) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have worked together to establish this site as a permanent prescription drug collection site.
News Release 12-28-10
LABONTE NAMED GERRISH OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Pictured above (left to right) Sgt. Greg A. Patchin, Officer Norman L. LaBonte and Chief Brian A. Hill
Officer Norm LaBonte of the Gerrish Township Police Department was awarded the department’s 2011 Officer of the Year Award in November by Chief Brian Hill and Sgt. Greg Patchin. LaBonte has been with the department since December 2009 and according to Chief Hill "has been a wonderful addition to our team." He is a graduate of Midland High School and Delta College and currently resides with his wife and two daughters in the Higgins Lake Area. Chief Hill states "Officer LaBonte is an exemplary officer in all aspects of the law enforcement field and will always go above and beyond the call of duty especially in his community involvement." This award is earned by a combination of evaluation marks as they relate to the department’s 15 named criteria that include; Community Orientation, Decision Making/Judgment, Interpersonal Relationships, Oral Communication, Partnership Development, Patrol Management, Problem Solving, Professional Image, Resource Knowledge and Utilization, Safety Practices, Self Improvement, Written Communications, Leadership, Investigative Skill, Professional Ethics/Values and Adherence to Department Missions and Vision. Officer LaBonte is a nine year police officer veteran and is also a certified Firefighter, EMT, CPR/AED Instructor and has obtained numerous other certificates in the public safety field. Officer LaBonte is the son of Al and Dawn LaBonte of Midland.
2011 Fall Prescription Drug Drop
Another Prescription Drug Collection a Success
On 10/29/2011, the Gerrish Township Police Department collected unwanted or expired prescription drugs during the National Prescription Take Back Initiative. Community members were encouraged to drop off unwanted or expired prescriptions for safe and proper disposal. We were very excited to have seen over 10 pounds (over 12,000 pills) of unwanted or expired prescription drugs that were removed from cabinets and drawers around homes. The police department collected the unwanted pills and turned them over to a representative from the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration in a closed system.
Too often, people think that prescription medications may not be dangerous, but they are prescribed for specific health problems and could be very harmful if taken by someone other than who it is prescribed for. During the take back, several boxes of products containing pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor substance in making Methamphetamine (METH) were also dropped off. These pills along with others are now being destroyed instead of falling into the wrong hands. The Gerrish Township Police Department is currently working with the Gerrish Township Advisory Community Team – Neighbors on Watch (ACT-NOW) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in establishing the Gerrish Township Police Department as a permanent prescription drug collection site.
2011 SPRING PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP
Prescription Drug Collection a Success
On 04/30/2011, the Gerrish Township Police Department collected unwanted or expired prescription drugs during the National Prescription Take Back Initiative. Community members were encouraged to drop off unwanted or expired prescriptions for safe and proper disposal. We were very excited to have seen over 8 pounds (over 10,000 pills) of unwanted or expired prescription drugs that were removed from cabinets and drawers around homes. The police department collected the unwanted pills and turned them over to a representative from the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration in a closed system.
Too often, people think that prescription medications may not be dangerous, but they are prescribed for specific health problems and could be very harmful if taken by someone other than who it is prescribed for. During the take back, several boxes of products containing pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor substance in making Methamphetamine (METH) were also dropped off. These pills along with others are now being destroyed instead of falling into the wrong hands. The Gerrish Township Police Department is currently working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an attempt to establish the Gerrish Township Police Department as a permanent prescription drug collection site.
News Release 11-11-10:
Gerrish Township Police 2010 Patrol Officer of the Year
awarded to Officer Pamela Williams
Pictured above Officer Pam Williams (Click on picture for her bio)
Officer Williams was named the Gerrish Township Patrol Officer of the year for 2010. The award is earned by a combination of Evaluation marks as they relate to the Department's 15 named evaluation criteria that include; Community orientation, Decision Making/Judgment, Interpersonal Relationships, Oral Communication, Partnership Development, Patrol Management, Problem Solving, Professional Image, Resource Knowledge and Utilization, Safety practices, Self Improvement, Written Communications, Leadership, Investigative Skill, Professional Ethics/Values and Adherence to Department Missions and Vision.
News Release: 11-09-10
At approximately 1:00 p.m. today, the Michigan State Police Bridge Card Enforcement Team working in conjunction with the Flint Area Narcotics Group, Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group, the US Department of Agriculture, Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post #75 and the Gerrish Township Police Department executed search warrants at the Northwinds Motor Lodge and the Northern Steak Company which is located in Roscommon, Mi. In addition to the search warrants, Officers also executed arrest warrants for the proprietors of the motel and the Steak Company. The warrants are a result of a 6 month investigation into the activities of the proprietors who are alleged to have been conducting fraudulent EBT (Electronic Benefit transactions) in which they purchased over $1733 in SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance) benefits in exchange for cash and motel rooms on multiple occasions. The Northern Steak Company which is adjacent to the motel is a participating retailer of the EBT and SNAP program. The investigation revealed that from July of 2009 to September of 2010, the amount of SNAP fraud attributed to the listed businesses exceed $97,000.00. This case will be handled by the Roscommon County Prosecutor’s office as the proprietors face multiple felony charges which included conspiracy to commit a criminal enterprise, food stamp fraud and welfare fraud. The largest penalty for these charges is 20 years in a State prison.
The Gerrish Township Police Department hosted the 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat and
Haunted Trail walk and the event was very well attended with over 500 children in the community
served at the trunks.
Officer Muszynski and Gerrish Township
Treasurer Leasa Tulgetske chaired the family event.
Below is a sampling of photos from the event courtesy of Laurie Tudor.
Medicine Collection a Success
Gerrish Twp Police Department collected unwanted medicine during the National Prescription Take Back Initiative on September 25th, 2010. We are very excited with the response and thrilled to have seen over 10 pounds (over 10,000 pills) of unneeded medicines removed from cabinets and drawers around homes. Community members were encouraged to drop off unwanted or expired prescriptions for safe and proper disposal. The police department collected the unwanted pills and turned them over to a representative from the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration in a closed system. Too often, we may think that prescription medications may not be dangerous, but they are prescribed for specific health problems and could be very harmful if taken by someone other than who it is prescribed for. Community members were very happy to be able to dispose of the pills in a safe manner.
During the take back, several boxes of products containing pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor
substance in making Methamphetamine were also dropped off.
The first Annual Gerrish Township leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run took place on 9-15-10. The running, biking or rollerblading course started at the Roscommon High School and encompassed 3.2 miles of roadway and culminated at Fred's Restaurant in Roscommon, Mi. The run benefits Special Olympics and many members of the Community and Special Olympic Athletes participated in this years run. Gerrish Township Police Department coordinated the event which raised more than $2500.00 in its first year. A special thanks to the athletes and participants, Officer Pam Williams of our Police Department, Gerrish Township Fire/EMS, Gerrish Township CERT, Roscommon County Sheriff Department and Fred's Restaurant of Roscommon, Mi.
11 OF THE RHS VARSITY SOCCER TEAM READY TO RUN! THE CROWD OF PARTICIPANTS REGISTER AND GATHER
AND THEY ARE OFF......................... KCC Academy Class carries the Torch and American Flag
Dorothy Patnode, 67 yr old female from Roscommon Michigan was the lone occupant of the vehicle involved in the below related accident. She is still listed in serious condition at this time in a Saginaw area hospital.
On September 14th 2010 at 0049 hours, Gerrish Township Fire, E.M.S., and Police were dispatched to the intersection of West Sunset Drive and North Cut Road in Roscommon County for a single vehicle Personal Injury Accident. The lone occupant driver (Female from Roscommon) was headed East bound on West Sunset Drive and did not stop for the signed intersection of North Cut Road. The vehicle continued across North Cut Road and left the roadway on the East side striking a large tree. The driver was transported to Grayling Mercy Hospital and later air lifted to a Saginaw area hospital due to her injuries. Gerrish Township Police are continuing their investigation into the accident.
National Take Back Initiative comes to Gerrish Township
Gerrish Township Police Department will hold its First Ever Drug Disposal Event
For the first time, Gerrish Township Police Department and a collaboration of community agencies are teaming together to provide the crucial community service of safe prescription drug disposal. Prescription drug abuse rates have increased and the lack of a drug disposal programs has only contributed to the significant, and sometimes deadly, misuse of prescription medications. This National Take Back Initiative will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutically dispensed controlled substances and other medications to Law Enforcement Officers for destruction.
The Prescription Drug Safe Disposal event is set for Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Gerrish Township Police Department from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Any medications or drugs you have can be turned over for proper disposal without any questions asked.
The Federal Government advises against flushing prescription medications down toilets.
It is encouraged that people use safe disposal events.
This event is a safe way to dispose of your unused / expired medications.
Agencies participating in this event include the Gerrish Township Police Department, DEA and the National Guard Counter Drug Program.
For more information contact:
Officer Norman LaBonte
Gerrish Township Police Department
Phone: 989-821-5207 Ext. 293
Officers from the various departments in Roscommon County participated in the Youth Alcohol Enforcement 2010 at the South Higgins Lake State Park on July 3rd and 4th, 2010. During 14 hrs of enforcement across the two days, Officers arrested 21 subjects on a total of 29 counts. Of the 21 subjects arrested, 6 subjects were charged with 2 or more offenses. The following is a break down of the activity.
2-Furnishing Alcohol to Monors
2-Furnish False Information to a Police Officer
2-Operating while Intoxicated
2-Counts of Resisting and Obstructing an Officer
2- Weapons Violations
Pictured above are (left to right) Gerrish Twp. Police
Chief Brian Hill, Gerrish Twp. C.E.R.T. Coordinator
Don Granzine and Sgt. Kevin of the MSP
Homeland Security Division
Congratulations to Don Granzine who was honored at a Regional Citizen Corp. meeting on May 11th. Don who is the Gerrish Township C.E.R.T. Coordinator was nominated by Gerrish Twp. Police Chief Brian Hill for the 2009 Michigan Citizen Corps Individual of the Year. He received this award based on his C.E.R.T. involvement promoting preparedness through outstanding initiatives, leadership, commitment and creativity. Don displays a professional and courteous attitude and demonstrates the ability to overcome challenges in the community preparedness field. He coordinates a 35 member Community Emergency Response Team, schedules and organizes core training needs, search and rescue exercises, mock disaster scenario training and assists local police and fire/EMS agencies when needed for community events and emergencies. Don and his wife Elaine have been permanent residents of Gerrish Township since 2000 and he has truly made a difference in our community with his enthusiastic participation and collaborative spirit.
The US Census Bureau activities have started in our Township. You should be receiving an envelope in the mail asking you to fill out and return a brief survey and send same back to the Bureau.
Additionally and perhaps more informative worthy is the fact that they will have field workers in the neighborhoods visiting residences and hanging packets on their doors. Some of the residences may be seasonal and thus causing tracks to lead to doors that may not have been shoveled recently. Also, it will put an unfamiliar car in your neighborhoods. These workers should have proper photo ID on their persons and be happy to identify themselves. As always, if you are unsure and feel uneasy please notify our Police Department and we will be happy to assist.
The above is a photo of a recovered bike in the Township. The bike was recovered in the last week.
If you recognize the bike as yours or have any information regarding same,
please contact Officer Pam Williams at 989-821-5207 ext. 291
The FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.
Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:
Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident
Officers with the Gerrish Township Police Department are investigating a Hit and Run Personal Injury Accident that occurred on Monday January 4th 2010 at approximately 12:30pm. Officers were dispatched to a reported pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle while walking down the shoulder of West Higgins Lake Drive near Rose Avenue in Gerrish Township. The suspect vehicle had lost control on the icy roadway and struck the victim who was walking on the shoulder of the road. The vehicle then went up into the snow bank and struck a street sign before re-entering the roadway. The suspect vehicle stopped briefly after the accident and then fled headed West bound on West Higgins Lake Drive towards Lyon Township. The pedestrian had made it to a local business where she called for help. Officers put out an area broadcast (BOL) for the suspect vehicle and responded to the location of the victim. The victim received minor injuries from the accident and was able to give investigating officers a description of the suspect vehicle that struck her. Officers checked all the local area roads and located the suspect vehicle on January 6th, 2010. Officers were able to make contact with the driver of the vehicle who acknowledged being in the accident however unaware they had struck a pedestrian or a street sign. The report is going to be turned over to the Prosecutor’s office with a request for criminal charges.
Officer Norm LaBonte
The Gerrish Township Police Dept is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Officer to the force. Officer Norm LaBonte (above) was hired on 12-21-09 to replace Officer Josh Burmester who took a position with another Department. Officer LaBonte is not new to Police work. He comes to us from the Roscommon County Sheriff Department where he has been a Deputy for several years. We are pleased to have Officer LaBonte on staff. Officer LaBonte brings experience and many certifications with him to our Department. He will additionally be on staff with the Fire Department as he is a certified firefighter as well. For more information on Officer LaBonte click on "The Team" tab.
Below is a photo of the winning combination of the 1st Annual CERT Fun Run held on 9-12-09 in Gerrish Township. Organizers used the event to further familiarize the Gerrish Township CERT group to the geographies in the Township. As well, the groups exercised their radio etiquette and usage during the course. They found and reported in to 12 different locations in the locations in the Township during the 6.5 hr event. Your CERT group leaders and Police Department are committed to supplying the best service possible to our residents. Next time you see one of them in their bright green vests and hats, please thank them for their time and commitment to our Community.
From left to right, pictured are Don Granzine Gerrish Township CERT Coordinator, CERT Members Leonard Weismiller, Noreen Weismiller and Stan Baysdell.
Officers from the various departments in Roscommon County participated in the Youth Alcohol Enforcement 2009 at the South Higgins Lake State Park on July 4th. During that 8 hr enforcement period, Officers arrested 17 subjects on a total of 22 counts. Of those arrested, 14 were minors (under 21) and 3 were adults. The following is a break down of the activity.
1 Count of Domestic Violence
2 Counts of Assault and Battery
2 Counts of Possession of Marijuana
9 Counts of Minor in Possession of Alcohol
1 Count of Possession of Open Intoxicants
1 Count of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor
2 Counts of Resisting and Obstructing an Officer
4 Counts of Disorderly Person
For your information we are having some copper thefts in the Township. Copper tubing is being taken from propane tanks and turned into scrap yards for cash. Please keep an eye on any copper you may have at your residence or any suspicious vehicles/subjects in yards around propane tanks. We are currently receiving information regarding these thefts that involves a maroon or red in color older Ford full size pickup truck. The vehicle is said to be occupied by a female driver and a male passenger. Both subjects are said to be in their mid twenties. If you see a vehicle matching this description and subjects snooping around homes and yards please call 911 to report the suspicious activity. If the activity is not in progress, you may also contact this office at 989-821-5207 ext. 287 to report your information.
We need your help!
The below raft was found by an individual and it is believed to have come from the East side of the lake. Please look over the below photo and if you know who it belongs to, please contact us at once so we can reunite same with it's rightful owner.
UPDATE.........OWNER LOCATED AND PROPERTY RETURNED
Ice Rescue on Higgins Lake
On March 28, 2009 at approximately 4:45 pm two male ice fishermen, 40 years of age began to break through the ice while fishing on Higgins Lake. The fishermen were approximately ½ mile off from the shore near the St. Lawrence Road end. They called 911 for help and then sprawled out on the ice to disperse their weight. Both the Lake Township and the Roscommon Sheriff’s Department’s air boats were deployed with qualified ice rescue personal on board. With a collective effort from local police and firefighters the two fishermen were rescued and brought back to shore safely.
View the rescue from our dashboard camera below.......
Click here to view the Ice Rescue
MARCH ACT NOW PROGRAM
Jennifer Patchin will be the guest speaker at the March 16th ACT NOW community meeting.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science from Michigan State University in 1995.
She has been a forensic scientist for the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division since 1997 and is currently working out of the Grayling Crime Lab.
Her main duties are examination of evidence for the presence of body fluids. She also does some trace evidence examinations, such as hairs, fibers, physical matches and footwear impression examinations.
Occasionally she is called upon to assist in the processing of crime scenes and to testify in a court of law.
Jennifer has put together a very interesting program illustrating a walk through the Laboratory and a typical day and case of a real Forensic Scientist…not at all like scripted t.v.
Please be sure to join us March 16th for this inside look at Crime Scene Investigations.
The Gerrish Township Emergency services train with the
Gerrish Township CERT Team. This exercise was conducted in a
wooded area just North of W. Burdell Rd. and Co Rd 100.
The training was a mock search and rescue searching
for two Victims and locating a piece of evidence for the
Police Department. This training is an annual event
and helps keep our skills sharp. See photos below.
On 10-13-08 Officer McKenna handled several M.D.O.P (Malicious Destruction of Property incidents) of the Jacob’s Ruling signs in the Sovereign Park area. Through investigation Officer McKenna has learned that this happened about a week ago. The suspect(s) painted over the signs using black paint and some of them had an X on them with bright orange paint. There were four signs that were defaced. Officer McKenna is looking for any information on who might have committed this crime. We would like to remind you that you can remain anonymous with your tips. This is defacing and damaging property that is authorized to be at the location. This matter is taken seriously and will be investigated and prosecuted appropriately.
Gerrish Township Police Officers receive Departmental Awards
Pictured above from left to right are Officer Jonah Schutte, Officer Eric Muszynski
Sgt. Greg Patchin, Officer Pam Mckenna and Chief Brian Hill
At the Gerrish Township Board meeting on 9-9-08, Chief Hill recognized Officer Jonah Schutte and Officer Eric Muszynski with a Departmental Certificate of Merit for their efforts and commitment to eliminate Drunk Driving through the use of high visibility enforcement in Gerrish Township and in appreciation from M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in fostering greater Community awareness of their SALUTE Program.
Sgt. Greg Patchin was recognized for his performance, investigative assistance and excellence in Supervision which led to the arrest and conviction of an individual responsible for larcenies spanning from 2003-2007 in amounts which exceeded $60,000 and cleared numerous case files at multiple agencies.
Officer Pam Mckenna was recognized for her performance and investigative efforts which led to the arrest and conviction of an individual responsible for larcenies spanning from 2003-2007 in amounts which exceeded $60,000 and cleared numerous case files at multiple agencies.
Our congratulations to you all and a thank you for a job well done!
Recreational Trespassing on Higgins Lake
Over the 4th of July weekend Officers with the Gerrish Township Police department were called to a Gerrish Township road end at Higgins Lake regarding a boat that had been anchored or moored to the bottom lands of Higgins Lake overnight. Officers responded to the location and documented a 1983 17’ foot CrisCraft pleasure boat moored at this location with a large steel pole. Further investigation revealed the boat owner was from the Roscommon area, however the subject who anchored the boat was a 48 year old Brighton, Michigan man. Officers submitted an incident report along with witness statements to the Roscommon County Prosecutors office for review. After review of the incident, Officers received a misdemeanor warrant for the Brighton, Michigan man for the charge of trespassing. The subject was arrested on the charges and later pled guilty to a violation of the Inland Lakes and Streams Act for mooring or affixing to the bottom land without a permit to do so.
The 3rd Annual ACT-NOW Softball tournament to raise money for "Shop with a Cop Christmas 2008" was held on 8-9-08 at the Denton Township Park. The tournament featured combination teams from Gerrish Township Police/Fire/EMS and ACT-NOW, Roscommon County Sheriff Dept/Higgins Township Fire Dept., Denton Township Police/Fire/EMS, Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post and the TV 9&10 All-Stars.
The tournament was a single elimination tournament. After a day of rain delays followed by warm sunshine, the Gerrish Township team took home the trophy for this years edition of the tournament. The championship game was played by the Michigan State Police and the Gerrish Township Team. The final score being 15-3 in favor of Gerrish Township. The event brought in $400.00 for the Shop with a Cop program.
JULY 4TH WEEKEND SUMMARY/SPECIAL OPERATIONS
AT THE SOUTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK
Due to increased traffic and visitors to the South Higgins Lake State Park, Officers from State and local agencies increased patrol in the park and waterways around this area. On July 4th and 5th, Officers from the Gerrish Twp Police Department, Roscommon County Sheriff's Department, Troopers from the Michigan State Police, Houghton Lake, Department of Natural Resources and Park Rangers from the South Higgins Lake State Park patrolled the beach and waterways.
A total of 440 personnel hours were spent patrolling the park and lake in the two days span. Enforcement emphasis was focused on safety in the area and youth alcohol enforcement. Officers from the above agencies issued the following citations;
21-Minor in Possession of Alcohol violations
1-Furnish Alcohol to Minor
2-Gross Indecencies in Public violations
1-Resisting and obstructing Police Officers
2 Arrests on outstanding warrants
Stepped up patrols in OWI (Operating while intoxicated) Enforcement occurred by the Roscommon County Sheriff Dept, Gerrish Township Police Department, Richfield Township Police Department and the Michigan State Police and the result was a total of 7 OWI arrests for the weekend. The increased patrols were funded through grants received from the Office of Highway Planning specifically designed to address OWI and Youth Alcohol Enforcement.
June 19, 2008
The Gerrish Township Police Department and the ACT-NOW group announce that Project Scrap will be concluding June 30, 2008 for the summer. If you still have scrap metal to donate, please contact Officer Schutte at 989-821-5207 ext. 292 or Officer Muszynski at ext. 288.
MAY 23, 2008
In accordance with Gerrish Township's Conceptual Lake Access Master Plan, the Gerrish Township Police Department announces that in partnership with the Department of Environmental Quality, we will be enforcing the provisions of the Inland Lakes and Streams Act 451. More specifically, we will be addressing the overnight mooring of boats that have been permanently moored without permit from the DEQ at road ends in Gerrish Township. To do so is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $500.00 for each violation. Gerrish Township Police would like to remind all boaters that they are entitled to usage at road ends that is concurrent to recreational use. The Lake Access plan can be found by clicking this link.
May 19, 2008
Important Announcement from ACT-NOW!
At it's regular ACT NOW Executive Board Meeting, the board voted not to have the annual garage sale this year. Instead, we are focusing on our current "Project Scrap" fundraising effort and have extended this effort through June 30. 2008. We are sorry for any inconvenience and we are sure that the event will continue in coming years. We thank everyone for their previous support of the garage sale project.
MAY 7, 2008
ACT-NOW ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL
(Above left to right) Officer Erin Kelley, Recipient Amy Burmester, ACT-NOW Chairperson Mary Link,
Recipient Danielle Clear and ACT-NOW GAP representative John Klein pose at Awards Night
at Roscommon High School.
On May 7, 2008, ACT-NOW announced the recipients of the First Annual Scholarship Awards to graduating seniors at Roscommon High School. The awards were in the amount of $500.00 per award and the funds are directed to the Community College or University of their choice.
Awards were based upon the applicants family income, good citizenship, minimum of 3.0 GPA with a highlight on the importance of Outstanding Community Service and Leadership as articulated in an essay.
Congratulations and best of luck to Amy Burmester and Danielle Clear.
OFFICERS MAKE AN ARREST AND
RECOVER STOLEN PROPERTY IN 2006 LARCENY CASE.
OFFICERS with the Gerrish Township Police Department arrested Brian Laroy Williams (48) of Saint Helen, Mi. and recovered property from his residence believed to be stolen while continuing to investigate a 2006 case. OFFICERS had received a larceny of (2) Personal Watercraft and a trailer back in the fall of 2006 from a residence in Gerrish Township. In the spring of 2007, one of stolen personal watercraft from this report was located in a wooded area of Richfield Township. The Sea-Doo Bombardier Watercraft had been stripped leaving only the fiberglass hull out in the woods. The hull was sent to the Michigan State Police Laboratory in Grayling in an attempt to preserve and collect any possible evidence that would lead OFFICERS to a suspect in this case. OFFICERS received information back from the Crime Lab which led them to the arrest of Williams. On April 10th, 2008 officers from Gerrish Township Police Department were assisted by Officers from Richfield Township Police, Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police in serving a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in Saint Helen. Officers recovered a large amount of parts and accessories from snowmobiles, personal watercraft, as well as two trailers. Officers are continuing to investigate in an attempt to identify ownership of all the seized property. If you have any further information regarding this case please contact the Gerrish Township Police Department at (989)-821-5207.
(OFFICER SCHUTTE OF GTPD TAKES A SHOT IN THE WINTER FESTIVAL BROOMBALL 2008 TOURNAMENT)
On Saturday, Feb 23rd, a group of Gerrish Township Emergency Services personnel, along with family members, participated in the 3rd Annual Higgins Lake Winterfest Broomball competition on the frozen waters of Higgins Lake at the North State Park. Officer Burmester coordinated the Township effort and the team consisted of members representing the Gerrish Township Police Department and the Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Department including some young Explorer members.
The teams in the tournament other than Gerrish Township were Roscommon County Sheriff Dept with the Higgins Township Fire Dept. members, the Roscommon Rotary team and a Project graduation team. Proceeds from the tournament go to the Roscommon High School Project Graduation program which is a program that transports and sponsors the graduating Seniors where same are bussed to a secret location where they spend the night in a safe and fun environment. There are activities planned for the entire night and it is a way for the Seniors to attend one last function together before they venture out into the world.
The tournament was won by a somewhat "Stacked" Roscommon Rotary team, with Gerrish Township coming in second. We all plan to be back to to compete for the bragging rights all year next year. Hats off and kudos to the Rotary and a big thank you to all for supporting our graduating Seniors.
Good luck to the class of 2008!!
On Saturday, 2-16-08 the Gerrish Township Emergency Services conducted their Second Annual Township Disaster exercise. The exercise is designed to have all parties function within the Incident Command System or ICS. It further allows the area disciplines to identify their strengths and weaknesses and improve on each throughout the year. This year the incident partners included Gerrish Township Police, Gerrish Township Fire/EMS, Gerrish Township CERT Team, Gerrish Township Fire Explorers partnered with Roscommon County Central Dispatch, Roscommon County Emergency Manager, Roscommon County Road Commission Manager, Roscommon County Special Emergency Response team and members of the Gerrish Higgins School District. The mock incident took place at the Gerrish Township Hall and Fire Hall area. The exercise was a table top exercise and ran from 0830 hrs to 1230 hrs.
MOCK SCENARIO HIGHLIGHTS
This years mock scenario focused on a Winter Storm Warning typical to Northern Michigan. The prime activity centered on a reported Personal Injury Motor vehicle accident at Co Rd 100 and the Natural gas mini station across from the GHSD bus garage and diagonally adjacent to the Elementary school. The accident had a Tanker truck with hazardous material on board striking the natural gas mini station.
This gave all agencies an opportunity to exercise decision making judgment as it related to their discipline. As the event unrolled, the winter storm created more issues as it progressed due to any type of water hitting the hazardous material causing a vapor plume that put population centers in jeopardy. The scenario was fast moving and further complicated by other accidents being reported in other areas of the Township due to down power lines, slippery roads and other ambulance calls. Below are some photos of the participants at work.
GERRISH TOWNSHIP FIRE/EMS WELCOMES EVERYONE AND EXPLAINS OBJECTIVES
Above shows scenario coordination in progress Above shows CERT Team strategy is underway
Roscommon County Haz Mat representatives at work Evacuations Plans underway, resources discussed
Above shows a Unified Incident Command at work Gerrish Higgins Schools deliberate early on
Strong representation from our CERT Team
TOWNSHIP EMERGENCY SERVICES WISH TO THANK ALL OF IT'S PARTNERS FOR PARTICIPATING
IN THE MOCK DISASTER 2008.
Officers are requesting assistance from the public in investigating several Malicious Destruction of Property complaints. The incidents involve several residences that were hit by paint balls sometime between 2:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on 2-3-08. The houses were in the GAP 2 area of the Township off Sumac Ave, Woodlawn Ave. Kenwood Ave, and Illinois Ave on the East side of Higgins Lake. The Department has no suspects at this time, however investigating Officers suspect that the damage was done while driving by in a vehicle or snowmobile. Anyone with information is requested to contact Officer Erin Kelly at email@example.com or 989-821-5207 ext. 289.
Anyone may also send a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"OPERATION RANGER" sponsored by US SMOKELESS TOBACCO BRAND INC.
The Gerrish Township Police Department showed off its new six-wheel drive Polaris off-road vehicle Tuesday. The department obtained the vehicle through a grant from the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company. Pictured are (front row, left to right): UST Sales representative Shannon Olstrom, UST Division Manager Joe Syring, Gerrish Township Police Chief Brian Hill, Treasurer Rebecca Ragan, Clerk Norma Lee Boyle, Supervisor Greg Gaylor, ACT-NOW Treasurer and CERT member Bob Barber, ACT-NOW Chair and CERT member Mary Link, CERT member Stephanie Bohnsack and Paramedic and firefighter Kathy Pardo-Carlson; (second row): CERT member Ed Bohnsack, Officer Josh Burmester, Officer Eric Muszynski, Officer Pam McKenna, Officer Jonah Schutte, CERT member Don Granzine, Tom Gross of the fire department and EMS service and Fire Chief John Patchin and (in back): Assistant Fire Chief Jim Lippert, police Officer Erin Kelley and Sgt. Greg Patchin. Photo by Cheryl Holladay, Houghton Lake Resorter.
In the fall last year, Chief Hill applied for a National grant through the US Smokeless Tobacco Company for a 6x6 Polaris ORV for the purpose of assisting Police, Fire and
EMS. The Company outright donates the ORV and donates approximately 70 units a year throughout the nation. To date, we are one of the two agencies in the that has been selected. Michigan
In the spring of 2007, I was notified that our Department had been successful and was scheduled to take delivery of the unit in the summer. In September 2007, we received the unit and we have since equipped the unit for use cooperatively with all Departments within the County.
On December 11, 2007 @ 2:00 p.m. our Community celebrated our good fortune with US Smokeless Tobacco Company representatives Division Manager Joe Syring and UST Sales representative Shannon Olstrom. At that time we learned that our Department was one of 70 chosen to receive the award from over 2000 applications throughout the United States.
Click the link below the US Smokeless Tobacco Operation Ranger site and if you click on the 2007 recipients and scroll to
, you will find us. Michigan
Click on photo above for more......
ACT NOW SILENT AUCTION 2007
ACT-NOW and the Gerrish Township Police Department completed its Annual
Silent Auction Celebration Dinner on 11-19-07. This years dinner venue was moved from
the Gerrish Township Hall to the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North on
Co. Rd. 103 to accommodate the growing numbers of people who attend each year.
Our community once again did not disappoint, as over 150 people attended the event
to support the "Shop with a Cop" program collaboration.
Many auction items were donated by the following businesses and purchased by the
citizens of this community. Please patronize these committed community businesses;
The Body Shop (Amy Eddy)
BPO Does #149
C & L Auto
Cross Country Ski Headquarters
Dewey’s Auto Repair
East Higgins Lake True Value Hardware
Edward Jones (Bob Jacobs)
Family Dollar Store #6047
Fifth Street Market
Fifth Street Salon
First Bank of Higgins Lake
Five Oaks Nursery
Higgins Lake Market
Higgins Lake Property Owners Assoc.
IGA Store – Sharp’s Corner
Impact Office Products
Jellystone Park Camp Resorts
Lakeside Vision (Dr. Boggs)
Lia Sophia Jewelry (Debbie Lehman)
Dr. Ruth McDonald
McDonald’s of Roscommon
Scott McNamara Ford
The Movie Gallery
Don Nester Chevrolet
Northern Family Dentistry
Northern Michigan Metal Roofing
Old Point Comfort Marine
Pineview Highlands Golf Course
Pioneer Hills Marine
Rhea’s Doll House Salon
Roscommon Veterinary Clinic
Sergeant’s Septic Service
Dave Smith Barber Shop
Studio 5 Hair Styling & Tanning
Talk of the Town Hair Fashions
Tee Pee Restaurant
Timbers on the Cut River
Tin Fish Café
Total Image Salon
Town & Country BP
Trappers (Loom Room) Gift Shop
TV 9 & 10
Walsh Funeral Home
Wolverine Chiropractic Center
Ye Olde Country Club
A very special thanks to Bob Edwards (The Cook) who made 70 lbs
of incredible "Rosco Ribs" for the event.
Become an active partner in ensuring your Community Safety!
WE LOOK LIKE THIS.......YOU COULD TOO!
JOIN US....FIND OUT HOW BELOW
The GERRISH TOWNSHIP CERT TEAM is pleased to announce that we are once
again running CERT Training classes beginning Wednesday Jan. 9, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Gerrish Township Police Department 3075 E. Higgins Lk. Dr.
The class schedule is listed below;
Wednesday-Jan. 9, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-Jan. 16, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-Jan. 23, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-Jan 30, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-February 6, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-February 13, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-February 20, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday-February 27, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m.
Interested parties who want to register should contact
CERT TEAM COORDINATOR DON GRANZINE
at 989-821-6481 or CHIEF BRIAN HILL
at 989-821-5207 ext. 287 or email me at email@example.com.
The class size is limited to 12-14 people
It costs nothing but your time. Take home valuable First Aid training, Fire
Suppression training, Emergency Preparedness and the comfort
of knowing how to help others in need.
The equipment and training is paid for by the
GERRISH TOWNSHIP CERT team in cooperation with the
Citizens Corps Council of the Department of Homeland Security.
Please call soon to guarantee your spot!
Officers with the Gerrish Township Police Department have been investigating several residential breaking and entering complaints that occurred on the West Side of Higgins Lake in Gerrish Township, Roscommon County. The reports and investigations started in the first part of September 2007. Through investigation, officers have identified four local Roscommon subjects who have been involved in these crimes. Four separate residences have been identified as being entered multiple times. Officers have obtained Felony warrants for all subjects involved to include the following:
1 - Felony warrant – Count 1 - AID & ABET Home Invasion – 2nd degree for one local adult female subject
5 - Felony warrants – Count 1 –Home Invasion 2nd degree for one local adult male subject
3 – Felony warrants – Count 1 – Home Invasion 2nd degree for one local adult male subject
3 – Felony Juvenile Petitions – Count 1 – Home Invasion 2nd degree for one local juvenile subject
During officers investigation they have been able to recover approximately 80 % of the stolen property and are continuing to investigate.
On 9-12-07, ACT-NOW, CERT and the Gerrish Township Police
Department attended the Good Shepherd Church of the North Preparedness day.
Many disciplines from the Community were there to make information
available to the public regarding Community Preparedness for incidents ranging from
Pandemic flu to natural weather disasters. Below are some pictures for all to see
that the event was well attended.
ACT-NOW and the Gerrish Township Police Department held their 2nd annual
Guns and Hoses Softball Tournament at the Markey Township Softball fields on
Co Rd. 100 on Saturday 7-21-07. The tournament was a 5 team double elimination
tournament with a combined team from the Gerrish Township Police, Fire/EMS and ACT-NOW,
a combined Roscommon County Sheriff Dept and Higgins Township Fire Dept. team,
Markey Township Fire/EMS team, Markey Township Baptist Church Red team and of course the
celebrity TV 9&10 News team. The tournament began at 9:00 a.m. and continued until approx. 6:00 p.m.
where the combined Roscommon County Sheriff Dept and Higgins Township Fire Dept. team
took home the trophy in a very close championship game that had them edging out the
Markey Baptist Red team 4-3 for the bragging rights and the traveling trophy in 2007. All
teams took home a mean sun burn from the experiencing.
Congratulations and thank you to all for participating. The tournament netted nearly $500.00
for the Shop with a Cop program.
The annual ACT-NOW meeting was held at the Gerrish Township Hall Gazebo picnic area.
The event was well attended as usual and the weather cooperated this year. The annual election of
Officers for the executive board were conducted and the new Officers for 2007-2008 are
Vice Chair-Al Schultz
Gap 1-Vacant at this time, to be appointed by board
GAP 2-Ginny Trombley
GAP 3-Stan Baysdell
Membership Chair-Laurice Tanner
GAP Officer-Erin Kelley
Additionally, four long term Officers received a well deserved "Thank you"
and plaques from the Police Department recognizing their service to our great Community.
See pictures below.
The ACT-NOW/Police Department Garage sale is proud to report that thanks
to a very generous community, over $1650.00 was raised for the Shop with a Cop program and
the various other activities that the group supports within the Community. The Police Department recognizes
the dedication of the ACT-NOW group and the hard work that it puts in throughout the year.
A special thanks to the Garage Sale activity Chair Ginny Trombley and her group of volunteers.
Additionally, a special thanks to the ACT-NOW Chairperson Don Granzine for his
tireless efforts and leadership to the group.
The Gerrish Township Police Department announces the retirement of Officer Ron Herzberg on 6-15-07.
It is with mixed emotions that we bid Ron farewell from our team and off into his retirement. Ron was
a very valuable asset to the Department and he will be sorely missed by all. Ron served this Community with
dedication and a style that was all his own for nearly 20 years. Ron's diverse experience across his Police career
helped mold many Officers that he came in contact with. Ron's commitment to Law Enforcement started almost
41 years ago with the Saginaw City Police Department where he was a highly decorated Officer over his career.
He retired from the City in 1987 and came to our Community and was hired here where he
served another 20 years in Law Enforcement becoming a highly decorated Officer in this Department as well.
His dedication and knowledge will be greatly missed.
We wish him well in his retirement endeavors as he surely deserves it.
HAPPY RETIREMENT RON AND THE TEAM WILL MISS YOU!
The Gerrish Township Police provided Safety education on Tuesday 4-17-07
at the Roscommon High School. In conjunction with S.A.D.D. for Prom week activities,
the Department brought in two simulators for demonstration purposes. The "Seat belt convincer" is a
simulator that demonstrates the dynamics of how the seatbelt engages and
feels at a slow impact of 5 MPH to 7 MPH.
The students experienced what it feel like to be involved in a
slow speed crash wearing a Safety belt and having the air bag deploy.
The "Rollover Simulator" simulates a vehicle involved in a rollover.
The simulator is used to demonstrate what an occupant of a vehicle
goes through in a rollover accident.
See photos below.
SGT. PATCHIN OF GERRISH TWP. P.D. GIVES INSTRUCTION
Student braces for the impact! Officer Muszynski rolls crash dummy "Earl" out of the truck!
The Gerrish Township Police, Fire and EMS participated in the 2007 Higgins Lake Winter Fest by playing in a few friendly games of Broomball with the Roscommon Rotary, Project Graduation parents and the Roscommon County Sheriff Dept./Higgins Twp Fire Dept. to benefit the 2007 Project Graduation Program for graduating Seniors of the Roscommon High School. The Program provides for a safe overnight place for the Seniors to celebrate their graduation accomplishments. The overnight party provides gifts games and SAFE fun for the graduating Seniors. For more on the Project Graduation click here.
Our hats are off to the Roscommon County Sheriff Dept/Higgins Twp Fire Dept combination team for winning the mini tournament by defeating our Police and Fire Department in overtime in the final game.
GERRISH TOWNSHIP POLICE RUNNER-UPS ROSCOMMON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT WINNERS
Officer Kelley (left) and Officer Mckenna (right) show Community Service Awards
"Community with Police...Caring and Sharing together"
On Monday night 1-8-07 Gerrish Township Board Meeting meeting, the Department recognized OFFICERS KELLEY and MCKENNA for their efforts in Community Service for 2006. ( See above)
OFFICER KELLEY was awarded a Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Community Service Award certificate for her Outstanding Performance in Community Service to include her tireless efforts in support of ACT-NOW and its functions such as Shop with a Cop, benefit TV 9 & 10 Celebrity Softball game, organization of simulators for the ACT-NOW Picnic and annual meeting etc. Erin has served the Department for two years as the GAP representative liaison with ACT-NOW. Additionally, the ACT-NOW group awarded Erin an Outstanding Community Service Plaque which in the past has gone to the Officer that has gone above and beyond just serving as the liaison to the group. The award has not been bestowed on any Officer since 2002. Erin has given countless hours of her own time in support of the Department’s Community service mission. Erin has showed that she lives our vision statement. Erin was also awarded a blue and white ribbon bar to be worn on her uniform as a reminder to herself and all that she is committed to our vision and her own excellence to Community Service. Great job, Erin!!
Additionally, Officer Mckenna was awarded a Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Community Service Award certificate for her vision and dedication to achieving her Community Service goal. We admire Pam’s commitment to herself and the Department in achieving her goal of bringing some Community project that she could call her own to Gerrish Township. Pam worked exceptionally hard on duty as well as off duty and committed many hours of her own time to achieve the goal she set for herself. The Project Blue Light Pam organized was Pam’s own thought and she worked tirelessly to bring a quality, meaningful service to this Community. She has started what we hope will be an annual project for her. What a great start Pam. Pam has wanted to accomplish a Community Service Project as a goal for herself for some time now. We appreciate her perseverance! Pam was also awarded a blue and white ribbon bar to be worn on her uniform as a reminder to herself and all that she is committed to our vision and her own excellence to Community Service. Great job, Pam!!
As you see them, please congratulate them. These awards represent a heart felt congratulations to their commitment to our Department’s Vision statement. “Community with Police…Caring and Sharing together”.
12-14-06 7:00 p.m.
This evening, the Gerrish Township Police and MI-COPS (Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors)
collaborated together to honor Fallen Officers and Firefighters. The ceremony took place at the Police
Department and was well attended by area Departments and citizens. Highlights of the ceremony included a
candle lighting featuring the songs "Hero" and "Amazing Grace".
The following people and businesses are directly responsible for the ceremony and our many
thanks go out to them for making it possible;
Boy Scouts of America Troop #944, Trevor Deloge and John Ekdom
Pastor David Hansen, Immanuel Baptist Church
Lt. Patrick Boyd, MSP Houghton Lk Post #75
Lin Emmert, Director MI-COPS
Gloria Egelski, Mother of Fallen MSP Trooper Bryon Egelski
Trace Hill and Dustin Kelley-Candle Lighters
Gary & Pam Long
Glens Market of Roscommon
Glens Market of Houghton Lake
K-Mart of Grayling, Mi
K-Mart of Houghton Lake
Ace Hardware of Roscommon, Mi.
Sharps IGA, Roscommon, Mi.
Town and Country BP of Higgins Lake
Dan Scow and Roscommon High School
Curt Miller of Roscommon, Mi.
Julie Hill of Roscommon, Mi.
East Higgins Lake True Value Hardware
Celebrations Floral and Gifts
Andrea Eisbrenner of Roscommon, Mi.
Time Emergency Equipment
We thank you all for your support!
PHONE SYSTEM CHANGE
You may have noticed that recently we changed our phone systems at the Police Department and Township wide. We are currently working through the change. For your emergent police needs you should always dial 911 immediately. They know where we are all the time and it is likely that you will get a Gerrish Township Police unit as a result of that call anyways. 911 is operated on the principle that they send the closest police unit available to your emergency to serve you best. If your need is non-emergent and you want the closest police unit available, you will need to dial 989-275-0911 and the closest police unit available will be assigned to your need and again most likely one of our units. To reach our officers for any of your other needs, the following is a complete list of Officers and extensions.
Chief Hill is extension 287
Sgt. Patchin is extension 286
Officer Herzberg is extension 293
Officer Kelley is extension 289
Officer Mckenna is extension 291
Officer Schutte is extension 292
Officer Muszynski is extension 288
Police Department Clerk Julie Hill is extension 285
We thank you for your patience as we work through the change.
Press Release 10-30-06
After a lengthy investigation regarding a home that had been broken into in Gerrish Township on two separate occasions this past September, the Gerrish Township Police have arrested two adult males from Roscommon County. During the separate break ins, several rifles, shotguns and hand guns were taken.
The two suspects are currently being held at the Roscommon County Jail on Home Invasion charges and await arraignment on the charges. A third suspect is being sought at this time and an arrest is expected shortly on that individual.
In Conjunction with .......................................
Gerrish Township Police Present.....
The first 1st Annual Project Blue Light Ceremony in Roscommon County.
Project Blue Light is a program that is associated with the Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors.
MI-COPS remembers and honors fallen Law Enforcement Officers.
The Gerrish Township Police with Area Law Enforcement Officers will host the
1st Annual Project Blue Light at the Gerrish Township Police Department,
3075 E. Higgins Lk Dr., Roscommon, Mi.
The ceremony will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp on Thursday December 14th, 2006
During the ceremony, we will light a Christmas tree with blue lights and candles to
honor our fallen heroes. Please remember to shine a blue light in your
window at your homes and don't forget to come and join us for our ceremony.
SHOP WITH A COP 2006 IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.........
The Gerrish Township Police is now accepting donations for the
2006 Shop with a Cop season. Plans are already made for the
wrapping party 2006 at the Police Department. The wrapping party is scheduled
for Monday, December 18, 2006 @ 5:30 p.m. Please come and enjoy the
feeling of giving back to the community.
August 25, 2006
Pipe Bomb Located
On 8-25-06 at 1402 hrs, Officers from the Gerrish Township Police Department were dispatched to a possible pipe bomb that was located by a subject who was walking his dog. The suspected pipe bomb was located in a gravel pit off of West Pine Drive in Gerrish Township, Roscommon County. Upon investigation, Officers found a 6" long PVC pipe that was capped at both ends and same appeared to have a wick at one end. Officer's contacted the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and requested their assistance with handling and neutralizing the possible explosive. The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad arrived and determined that same was a Pipe bomb. The bomb squad was able to use their robot to detonate the explosive without incident. Pieces of the pipe bomb were transported to the Michigan State Police Crime lab in Grayling, Mi. for further analysis. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call 989-821-5207.
July 29, 2006
SHOP WITH A COP FUNDRAISER
ALL-STAR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
On July 29, 2006 the Gerrish Township Police Department along with ACT-NOW sponsored a Shop With A Cop fundraiser softball tournament which took place at Metro Park in Roscommon. The first game started at 10:00 am between the Richfield Township All-Stars (Police, Fire, and EMS) and the Higgins Township All-Stars (Sheriff's Department, Fire, and EMS). The talents on the combination team of the Higgins Township All-Stars along with the Rosc. County Sheriff's Department All-Stars proved to be too powerful for the Richfield Township All-Stars to overcome. The Richfield Twp. All-Stars lost their game by quite a few runs but were winners in our eyes as they made a very nice monetary donation to the Fundraiser. The 11:30 am game was between the TV 9&10 News All-Stars and the Gerrish Township All-Stars (Police, ACT-NOW, Fire, and EMS). The local good guys beat the 9&10 All-Stars with a final score of 18-4. By this time the temperatures were soaring, the concession stand was booming and everyone (including) the players were having a great time. The championship game was played at 1:00 pm between the Higgins Twp./Sheriff Dept. All-Stars and the Gerrish Twp. All-Stars. This was a great game as well and ended with Gerrish Township taking home the trophy with a score of 12-4.
A.C.T. N.O.W. and the Gerrish Township Police Department would like to THANK ALL THE PLAYERS, THE TV 9&10 ALL-STARS, AND THE MANY VOLUNTEERS AND FANS THAT DONATED TO THIS FUNDRAISER WITH A SPECIAL THANK YOU GOING OUT TO OFFICER ERIN KELLEY FOR ALL HER TIME AND EFFORT FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENT. THE ACTUAL FIGURE FOR MONEY RAISED HAS NOT COME IN TO OUR OFFICE YET, HOWEVER THIS FIRST TIME FUNDRAISING EVENT PROVED TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS!
July 18, 2006
The 2006 ACT-NOW Annual Picnic and Business meeting was held on 7-17-06 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gerrish Township Hall.
The event was highlighted this year by a well timed appearance of Mother Nature on the Horizon. Although the gathering was initially interrupted by violent thunderstorms, the gathering was a great success. Due to the storms, the Picnic, meeting and demonstration was moved into the Township Hall and the Gerrish Township Fire Hall.
This next year promises to be another good year as all of the same board member positions and GAP representatives will remain the same. The Police Department thanks all of the volunteers and applaud the work that they do for the Community.
The "Citizen of the Year" award was presented to Don Granzine for all of his work an time that he dedicates to both ACT-NOW and our C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) group. If you see Don, give him a BIG THANK YOU for all he does. We consider him a great partner in our Community.
A few highlight photos are included below.
Sgt. Brian Hill presents the 2006 "Citizen of the Year" Certificate to Don Granzine.
In foreground, Eric Simon from the Roscommon Neighbors enjoying their time together................
Herald News enjoying the heat and fun.
Brianna tries the Seat Belt Convincer Officer Patchin learns to drive
The "Roll Over Simulator" demonstrated by Officer Patchin
July 10, 2006
The Annual ACT-NOW Garage Sale Fundraiser for the "Shop with a Cop" program took place on July 7th and 8th 2006 at the Gerrish Township Police Department. The event was a success with more than $1200.00 raised for this years program. Below are some photos of the event. The Gerrish Township Police would like to thank all those volunteers that made the sale possible.
The "Money Ladies"--Laurice, Billie and Ginny Moving in more items for sale!
Looking for buried treasures.......... Volunteer Bob takes a much deserved break!
May 17, 2006
GERRISH TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
STRICTLY ENFORCING SAFETY BELT LAW
Striving to help State reach 95 percent safety belt use
In an effort to save lives and increase the State's safety belt use rate to 95 percent, the Gerrish Township Police Department is buckling down on safety belt laws this month. The Gerrish Township Police Department warns residents to buckle up or be prepared to pay up as they crack down on unbuckled motorists throughout the Memorial Day holiday.
The Gerrish Township Police Department is joining more than 500 Michigan law enforcement agencies focusing on unbuckled motorists as a part of the National Click it or Ticket mobilization, May 22-June 4, 2006. Michigan's safety belt use rate currently stands at a record high 93 percent, but in order to save even more lives, agencies will be strictly enforcing the law in an effort to get more motorists to buckle up. According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, for every 1 percent increase in safety belt use, 10 lives are saved.
The State's mandatory safety belt law requires the driver and front seat passengers to be buckled up, and children under age 4 to be in an approved child safety seat. It also requires passengers ages 15 and under to be buckled up in the front or rear seating positions. In addition, drivers or passengers who have shoulder harness placed under their arm or behind their back can be ticketed for not properly buckling up.
April 3, 2006
Announcement: Regarding Non Emergent Police Responses in Gerrish Township
It has come to our attention recently that citizens have attempted to call us and nobody was in the office and they then felt that they "did not want to bother us" and leave a message. It is important to note that we usually carry administrative hours at the office from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day during the week. During the evening and night time hours our Officers are on the road and the office is not staffed. Many evenings, it may be at the end of the shift before the Officers are able to get back to the office to check the answering machine.
Because we are not in the office does not mean that we are not available, especially when the situation you want to discuss with us may not be an emergency. The Roscommon County Central Dispatch maintains a non-emergent telephone number just for those situations. It is maintained by the same people who answer the 911 Emergent call on the dedicated 911 line.
The number to call for non emergent situations is 989-275-0911. Again, you can talk directly to the same professionals who answer all your emergent calls. If we are working, they have direct radio contact with our units and bring you into contact with them.
We ask that you do not put your call off as we want you to call when you see or hear something that is not normal for your neighborhood and you feel that it is not an emergency. Too often we get calls the following morning and respond to find out there was a legitimate complaint for us to respond to, but now much time has passed and we are at a real disadvantage in trying to bring the issue to a successful conclusion. Please use the Central Dispatch non-emergent phone @ 989-275-0911 for those non- emergent situations where you want to reach your GAP Officers or Township Police Dept. and we are not in the office.