“Community with Police…Caring and Sharing Together”
Department News

Julie Hill

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October is Crime Prevention Month

Help “Take A Bite Out of Crime”

In 1984, October was designated as Crime Prevention Month through a Presidential proclamation. Since then, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has been working with local law enforcement, government agencies, civic groups, schools, businesses and other organizations to help them spread the word about crime prevention and personal safety.

With shrinking law enforcement budgets across the country and lack of new recruits, the role that each of us can play in preventing crime is more important than ever.

Each week in October we will highlight a different theme.

The latest resource put out by NCPC is information on scams and getting duped. Check out this “GO FOR REAL” resource by clicking this link: https://www.ncpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/GFR-Dupe-Detector-Kit.pdf

Food Distribution September 25th

As always, please enter at the Roscommon Middle School drive off of W. Sunset and follow the one-way traffic flow. Please stay in your vehicles and volunteers will load your food. There are no restrooms available so please plan accordingly. Please be patient as volunteers put a lot of work into providing this service to our community. THANK YOU!

Child Passenger Safety Week

September 19 – 25

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHRSA) car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. In 2019, an estimated 137,000 children riding in passenger vehicles were injured and 38% of children who died while riding in passenger vehicles were unrestrained.

Car seats work best when used correctly. To protect your loved ones make sure you are using the right seat. Click the link to see what style seat is needed depending on the size and weight of your child: https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/right-seat?_ga=2.195846764.1968421834.1632144350-1242716117.1631187405

Michigan Child Passenger Safety Law requires:

Children younger than age 4 to ride in a car seat in the rear seat if the vehicle has a rear seat. If all available rear seats are occupied by children under 4, then a child under 4 may ride in a car seat in the front seat. A child in a rear-facing car seat may only ride in the front seat if the airbag is turned off.

Children must be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4-feet-9-inches tall. Children must ride in a seat until they reach the age requirement or the height requirement, whichever comes first.

Law Enforcement TORCH RUN

THANK YOU PARTICIPANTS & VOLUNTEERS

THANK YOU to all of the participants that came out yesterday for our Gerrish Township Community Run for Special Olympics Michigan!! We had 56 runners/walkers/bicyclists and even 3 canine friends that participated in the 5K route that started at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and ended at the South Higgins Lake State Park.

Participants were escorted by the Gerrish Twp. Police Department, Gerrish Twp. Fire Department and the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office. Everyone enjoyed refreshments, hot dogs and chips afterwards.

Our event raised $2,300.00 which will go toward the 2021 State Campaign goal of $77,500. The Campaign total is currently over this goal by $8,000 and Run Week is still going on.

All funds raised support Special Olympic athletes who compete all year in the Special Olympics Michigan games. A portion of the funds raised by each community group will help support athletes in local areas. Thank you to Mike Eva, SOMI Area 4 for arranging an aid station along the route and to the three local Special Olympic athletes that bicycled during our event.

A huge THANK YOU to the Gerrish Twp. Police Officers and Gerrish CERT Team that provided assistance during the event and to the Roscommon Area Public Schools for providing bus transportation and to Roscommon Family Fare for providing hot dogs and water.

A special THANK YOU to the local agencies that participated including the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, MSP, Kirtland Police Academy Cadets and the DNR Law Enforcement Division.

THANK YOU also to the citizens that came out to support this wonderful cause. Your participation has provided hope, courage and inspiration to those with intellectual disabilities.

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR FOR THE 2022 LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN!!

FALL ROAD CLEAN-UP 09/14/2021

ACT NOW and the Gerrish Township Police Department will be cleaning up both sides of County Road 100 from the top of Pioneer Hill to Hillsdale Drive on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021.

If you would like to help pick up trash, we will begin at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department (3075 E. Higgins Lake Drive) at 4:00 p.m. Pizza and pop will be served afterwards to all volunteers.

We provide gloves, buckets, pokers, trash bags, and high visibility vests for all volunteers.

If you would like to help out please contact us at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 291 or email jhill@gerrishpolice.org so we can get a head count for the pizza.

September is National Preparedness Month

Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.

National Preparedness Month is an observance every September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) suggests the following aspects of preparedness for individuals, families and communities:

  • MAKE A PLAN – Talk to your family and friends about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster.
  • BUILD A KIT – Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs of each person in case of emergency evacuations. Remember your pets too!
  • LOW-COST, NO-COST PREPAREDNESS – Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family and know the risks of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and check your home owner’s insurance to make sure it is up-to-date.
  • TEACH YOUTH ABOUT PREPAREDNESS – Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
For more information about emergency preparedness and planning visit https://www.ready.gov/september

Back to School Means Sharing the Road

School Starts August 31st

School Bus Safety Tips…

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Food Distribution 08/28/2021

Please enter at the Roscommon Middle School drive and follow the one-way traffic flow. Stay in your vehicle, volunteers will load the food for you. There are no public restrooms so please plan accordingly.

Gerrish CERT Trailer Operations and Set Up Training 08/04/2021

Last Wednesday, 10 members from the Gerrish Township CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) met for one of their annual trainings. They went over CERT Trailer Operations and Set Up and reviewed supplies and equipment that are housed in the trailer.

The CERT Trailer is kept at the Gerrish Township Police Department and is available for deployment when needed to assist the Gerrish Twp. Police, Fire, EMS, Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office, other local, state and federal agencies when needed. CERT members are volunteers and are trained in Search & Rescue, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety & Extinguishing, Patient Triage & Assessment, Patient Treatment & Hygiene, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology & Terrorism, Incident Command and Radio Operations.

If you are interested in becoming a CERT volunteer and joining our team, please contact us at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 291.

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