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Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home Stay Safe” Executive Order, the ACT NOW Bowling Tournament Fundraiser and the Spring Road Clean-Up have been cancelled. Watch for future re-schedule dates. THANK YOU!

Telephone UPDATE

We continue to have intermittent phone service for incoming calls. The option to select an extension number is not available and all incoming calls are being funneled to one phone. We are trying diligently to answer that one phone but if we are not in the office or the system completely goes down the phone will just continue to ring with no option to leave a message. As always, if you have an emergency dial 911.

As we continue to work through our phone connectivity issues, please feel free to email us as we monitor our emails very closely and will be glad to respond to you in that fashion. We are told that it will take up to 45 days to have our phone system updated and in working order.

Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter, as we are very aware of the untimely circumstance of having phone problems along with the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Chief Brian Hill chief.hill@gerrishpolice.org
  • Lt. Greg Patchin Lt.patchin@gerrishpolice.org
  • Sgt. Norm LaBonte Sgt.labonte@gerrishpolice.org
  • Off. Eric Muszynski emuszynski@gerrishpolice.org
  • Off. John Wybraniec jwybraniec@gerrishpolice.org
  • Off. Nathan Socia nsocia@gerrishpolice.org
  • Admin. Julie Hill jhill@gerrishpolice.org

Everyone Counts!!

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways:
Online, by Phone or by Mail. When you respond you will tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020 (CENSUS DAY).
If you do not respond to this invitation by May, Census takers will begin visiting homes that have not responded to make sure everyone is counted and will continue visits through July.
The Census takes place every ten years in the United States as it gives an accurate population count and is mandated by the Constitution beginning in 1790 (this year marks the 24th Census of the United States).
Critical data from the Census is used in calculating the amount of Federal funding to support local communities for many programs and services including hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, etc.
Data from the Census also determines the number of seats each State will hold in the U.S. House of Representatives and assists in drawing Congressional and State legislative districts.
The Census is being made easier and more convenient than ever by allowing responses on-line and also by telephone. The information you provide is secure and confidential and the cyber-security system used for on-line communications incorporates the industries best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
The Census Bureau will never ask for a Social Security number, bank or credit card account information, money or donation information or anything on behalf of a political party.

Join Us for “Coffee With A Cop” on Feb. 21st

Join the Gerrish Township Police Officers, and other law enforcement officers from our County, for our “Coffee With A Cop” event that will be held at The Bird & The Bear Grill on February 21, 2020. Stop by between 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for a FREE CUP OF COFFEE (courtesy of ACT NOW) and some good conversation with other community members and police officers.

Breakfast, donuts and pastries are also available to purchase off the menu. Mark your calendars and enjoy some great food, hot coffee and good conversation!

Project “TRACKS” Complete – Thank You Community Partners

Ranger before the Tracks Installation
Ranger after the Tracks Installation

Lt. Greg Patchin (Gerrish Twp. Police Department) wrote two grants last fall and were awarded funds through the Higgins Lake Foundation Community Grant program and the Roscommon County Community Foundation’s Morley Foundation Fund, Doug Allen Fire & EMS Fund and the Roscommon County General Fund.

The Gerrish Twp. Police Department and Fire/EMS Department, along with community partner organization ACT-NOW provided the additional funding needed for purchasing and installing a “TRACK” system on the Police Department’s existing Polaris Ranger off-road special response vehicle.  The tracks will allow for emergency response and rescues in difficult terrain not only during snowy winters but also on hills, uneven wooded areas and swampy marsh areas.  More traction would provide for greater stability and the vehicle will have more ground clearance to be able to clear deeper snow and standing water/mud.

This vehicle is available for use for the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and Fire/EMS Department for search and rescues, injuries or accidents in areas where ambulances cannot reach such as sledding hills and frozen water, and stand-by services at large community events as a patrol and transport vehicle.

The Ranger has been utilized in many incidents since it was obtained originally through a U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company grant written by Chief Hill in 2007.  Additional equipment was added such as the Freedom Cab and the rear Stokes Carrier and Jump Seat.  Now, most recently with the addition of the Tracks System, this specialized vehicle becomes one of the only of its type in our County.  It will be available for call-outs to our neighboring agencies through mutual aid whenever necessary and will further benefit our community and visitors to our area.

The Gerrish Township Police Department would like to thank all of our donor partners and supporters in this project!

Now Accepting ACT NOW Scholarship Applications

ACT NOW will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships for Roscommon High School Seniors this year. Scholarships are awarded based on Community Service, GPA and student need.


Application packets are available at the Roscommon High School, at the Gerrish Township Police Department or on line at this link: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Scholarship-Application.pdf

Scholarship Application Instructions: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Scholarship-Cover-App-Instructions-2020.pdf

Welcome Officer Nathan Socia to GTPD

Gerrish Twp. Clerk Kathleen Patchin swearing in Officer Nathan Socia

At the Gerrish Township Board Meeting last night, Clerk Kathleen Patchin formally gave Officer Nathan Socia his Oath of Office. Nathan was hired as a new Patrol Officer on December 17, 2019 and is currently in Field Training with Sgt. Norm LaBonte. We would like to welcome Officer Nathan Socia to our team! For more information about Nathan check out his bio on our website at https://www.gerrishpolice.org/gerrish-township-police-department/meet-the-team/officer-nathan-socia/

Chief Hill congratulating Officer Nathan Socia on his new position with the Gerrish Police Department and for becoming a newly certified Law Enforcement Officer meeting all of the MCOLES standards
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