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It’s that time of year…

The Office of Highway Safety Planning launches their winter driving safety campaign. This is a reminder to drivers to slow down and use caution when traveling on icy, slick and snow-covered roads.

For more information including crash statistics and resources visit the OHSP website at www.michigan.gov/WinterDriving.

Come Join our Team…


Interested in being a part of an experienced law enforcement team? Gerrish Township Police Department is accepting applications for a full-time road patrol officer. Whether you are certified just out of an academy or an experienced officer and want to work and live in our great community, please click the link below to our application packet.

WE ALSO PAY FOR EXPERIENCE! If you are currently a law enforcement officer we have the flexibility to start your wages at a higher rate on our wage scale.

We offer completely paid health, vision and dental insurance (you pay nothing out of your pay), life insurance policy, disability/accident coverage, retirement, overtime and holiday pay, longevity pay, vacation time and annual leave time. For further information on requirements, wage and benefits, click the link below to our application packet.

We offer traditional police services along with community policing relations. You would work in our beautiful northern community that covers 2/3 of the shoreline of Higgins Lake, one of the most beautiful inland lakes in the world! We are a recreational area with lots of woods, trails, lakes, rivers and parks to keep you busy during your off times.

If you have questions regarding this job opening or would like further information about the position, please contact Lt. Greg Patchin at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 286 or email him at Lt.patchin@gerrishpolice.org.

Application packet: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/GTPD-Application-Packet-2020-compressed.pdf

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!!

Please celebrate responsibly and welcome the New Year on a good note.

  • Plan a ride in advance (know your options for a safe way home if you plan to attend a party)
  • Plan for guests’ safety (if you are hosting a celebration be sure your guests have a safe way home)
  • Make a plan with your kids (set a reasonable curfew, if they are old enough to drive make sure they understand the dangers of driving on the holiday and encourage them to stay in one location instead of party hopping)
  • Make sure your car is locked if you have to leave it overnight somewhere and pick it up as soon as possible the next day (New Year’s Day is the most active holiday for auto thefts)
  • Make sure you handle fireworks safely and responsibly

For more New Year’s Eve safety tips visit State Farm at https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/family/new-years-eve-safety-tips

From All of Us to You…

Please travel and celebrate safely and may the Peace, Joy and Hope of Christmas carry over into the New Year!

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Gerrish Township Police Department!

Thank You Kids Helping Kid Program Supporters!!

We would like to thank all of the volunteers, donors and sponsors of the 2020 Kids Helping Kids Foster Care Christmas Program! This program was able to provide gifts, turkeys and food to our local foster children and their families for Christmas.

Local youth group volunteers shop for and wrap Christmas gifts and help at a holiday event where a family-style meal is served and Santa arrives to help pass out gifts. This year we had to cancel the party, however we were still able to shop and wrap following all COVID-19 guidelines for small gatherings. This program began in 2008 and is steered by a small committee of adults from different organizations in our community.

We look forward to the 13th Annual Kids Helping Kids Program next year!!

Merry Christmas!!

Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors and sponsors who helped make 2020 a bit more special for our community. A lot of our annual programs and projects such as Trunk or Treat, Shop-With-A-Cop and our Scholarship Program had to be altered due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. We were still able to hold these events even though they were modified versions. Our fundraisers had to be cancelled but our local businesses, organizations and individual residents stepped up with their generosity and support. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts and hope that you and your families have a blessed and safe Holiday Season!!

Sgt. LaBonte – 11th Year Anniversary

Congratulations Sgt. Norm LaBonte on your 11th year with the Gerrish Township Police Department. Thank you for your continued dedication and service to our community!

Officer Socia – 1st Year Anniversary

Congratulations Officer Nathan Socia on your 1st Year Anniversary with the Gerrish Township Police Department. Thank you for your continued dedication and service!

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