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Department News

Greg Patchin


Gerrish Township Police Department just received and installed it’s new Drug Drop Box for unwanted and expired prescription medications. This box was received on a grant from the Rite Aid Kids Cents Foundation (Keeping Kids Safe makes sense to us) with no cost to the department or community. This will assist the police department with the collection and safe disposal of medications.

Roll Over accident on I-75 Sunday Afternoon Injures 2

On 08/04/2019 @ approximately 5:28 p.m. the Gerrish Township Police Department, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police were all dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident on Northbound I-75 at the 243 Mile Marker in Gerrish Township, Roscommon County.  Through Officer’s investigation it was determined the 63 year old female driver from Central Lake was traveling Northbound on I-75 with her 33 year old nephew who was from the Holland area.  The driver of the vehicle lost control and left the roadway causing the vehicle to roll approximately 4 to 5 times before landing and coming to rest on all four wheels.  The male passenger was trapped and had to be extricated from the wreckage.  The female driver was air lifted from the scene by Flight Care out of Saginaw while the male passenger was air lifted by North Flight Aero Med out of Traverse City.  Both patients were flown to Traverse City Munson Spectrum Health for medical treatment.  Both patients are listed in stable condition at this time.  The cause of the accident is still being investigated however may have been related to a medical condition.

Also assisting on scene was the Gerrish Township Fire and EMS, Frederic Township EMS and Beaver Creek Fire Department.


The Gerrish Township Police Department was notified today of a young man who is going door to door selling educational books, apps, and websites in the Roscommon County Area. He has provided his information to the police and is reported to be doing this as part of a college internship. The subject is driving a Black Honda with Tennessee Registration plates. He advised that he will be in are area until the month of August. We want to inform the public that we are aware of the individual however if you have any issues please feel free to call central dispatch at (989)-275-0911

2019 Glow Golf Outing

ACT-NOW, The Gerrish Township Police/Fire/EMS Officers Association’s together want to thank everyone who came out to support the 2019 Glow Golf Outing that was held Saturday Night June 8th at the Ye Olde Country Club in Roscommon. Fun was had by all on this great night. Special Thanks to Ye Olde’s Brad and Linda Stauffer for all their help and support with this event.

Gerrish Police and ACT-NOW replace several Signs in local Neighborhood Watch Areas


Officers with the Gerrish Township Police have been checking the local neighborhoods and found several signs that have been faded and looking bad from the elements.  With the Help of ACT-NOW, replacement signs arrived just prior to the Holiday Weekend giving those areas a face lift to start off the summer of 2018.  The Gerrish Township Police and ACT-NOW are committed in keeping the Higgins Lake area aesthetically pleasing and a great place to live, work, and or vacation.


Gerrish Township Police want to thank all who have served this Memorial Day

Gerrish Township Police Department wants to thank all those who have served or have lost loved ones this Memorial Day.  Whether you personally know somebody who has died while in service to the United States, or whether you can only connect with the news reports of those losing their lives while serving our country, make sure you take time this Memorial Day to remember how much your freedom has cost.  It’s never to late to say Thank You for giving us our Freedom…….


Gerrish Township ACT-NOW/Gerrish Township Police Department “Shop with a Cop” receives $1,781.52 from NCACU

The Roscommon Branch of NCACU (North Central Area Credit Union) chose the Gerrish Township ACT-NOW/Gerrish Township Police “Shop with a Cop” program for its 2017 annual charity recipient.

The branch staff looks over several area charitable organizations and has the opportunity to pick the one of their choosing for the year to donate towards.  They try to pick a different organization that can benefit each year from their “Casual for a Cause” fund. The “Casual for a Cause” is a program where each employee pays $2 every Friday to wear a logo shirt and jeans throughout the year, they also have internal contests to raise more funds.  To top it off, the Credit Union matches the employee’s funds to give to the individual organizations.  This year the branch office raised a total of $1,781.52 to give back to a local charity.

Other Community Charities in past years they have donated towards are Greyson’s Gift, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Lakes, Roscommon Meals on Wheels and many other worthy organizations in the Roscommon area.

All the members of ACT-NOW including the Gerrish Township Police Department want to thank the employees from the Roscommon branch of NCACU for their large donation they provided to our annual Shop with a Cop program.  This donation will help make for another great Christmas season for many families.


Pictured left to right are Lt. Greg Patchin, (Gerrish Township Police representative), Mary Link, (Chair person of ACT-NOW) and Robert Barber, (ACT-NOW treasurer), Branch Manager Dar Stead-Smith, Teller Caroline Denlinger, Member service specialist Shannon McGee-Cramer, Teller, Terri Woodhams and Head Teller Kelly Blanchett, not pictured Roxanne Larson and Denise Rood from the NCACU.

Special gift from Kiss Me Coffee Shoppe for National Law Enforcement Appreciation day

Officers at the Gerrish Township Police Department received a surprise visit today from Autumn Vanacker and Emily Barber from the Kiss Me Coffee Shoppe in Prudenville.  The ladies wanted to show their appreciation to all local law enforcement today on this National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).  The ladies provided the Gerrish Township Police Department with 94 ounces of fresh brewed coffee to get this cold morning started.  The Officers at the Gerrish Township Police Department really appropriate this visit as it is a great feeling to have our community supporting us and helping put smiles on our officers faces.  Thank you again Kiss Me Coffee Shoppe!

Pictured are Lieutenant Patchin and Autumn Vanacker from Kiss Me Coffee

We Want to Thank all the Volunteer Elves

The volunteer Elves at the Gerrish Township Police Department helped wrap all the gifts for the 2017 Shop with a Cop Christmas last night.  We want to thank all the volunteers who came out and continue to make this a fun and successful event each year.  We also would like to thank all the community members who provided wrapping paper and supplies.

Gerrish Township Police and ACT-NOW team up again this year for Shop with a Cop

Gerrish Township Police and ACT-NOW team up again in 2017 to provide some Christmas cheer for seven families.  Each year the Non Profit organization of ACT-NOW helps support the annual “Shop with a Cop” program to assist local families during the holiday season.  This marks the 16th year of the program with the Gerrish Township Police Department.  Gerrish Township Police Officers get the opportunity to pick up one of the children from a selected family and transport them by patrol car down to Wal-Mart in Houghton Lake for a family Christmas shopping trip.  The child and Officer then pick out gifts for all the family members for Santa to place place under the tree on Christmas morning.  Once all the shopping is complete, the child gets to pick a location for dinner where the officer and child get more time to learn about each other.  After dinner the child is returned home and all the gifts return to Santa’s workshop (Gerrish Township Police Department) to be wrapped at the annual ACT-NOW wrapping party (TONIGHT 12/18/2017 @ 5:00 P.m.).  ACT-NOW and the Gerrish Township Police Department want to thank all the local supporters and donors who make this possible each year.  This program truly gives our youth a positive view of our local law enforcement and also helps put smiles on our Police Officers faces.  Thanks again to all, and to all a good night