Gerrish Township Police Department

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Department News

Food Truck Distribution – JULY 9th

Please use the Roscommon Middle School drive to enter for pick up during the Food Distribution. Remain in your vehicles, have your ID ready and follow the marked one-way traffic route. There will not be any restrooms available, so please plan accordingly. Again, we appreciate everyone’s patience during this event and for the safety of all volunteers please follow all of the guidelines. Please click link for the news release for this event:

Roscommon County ORV Ordinance

The number of ORV crashes and serious injuries/deaths have increased in our County recently. Law Enforcement will be making extra efforts to enforce this County ordinance and citations will be written if the rules and regulations of the ordinance are not followed.
For further information or to get a brochure showing the County ORV Trail Map, stop in at the Gerrish Police Department or click this link:

On May 13, 2009, Roscommon County adopted an ORV Ordinance for the purpose of authorizing and regulating the operation of Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) on roads and streets in Roscommon County. Any person violating this ordinance is guilty of a civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00. A court may also order a person who causes damage to any street, highway, or other property as a result of the operation of an ORV in an area permitted by this ordinance to pay full restitution for that damage above and beyond the penalties paid for civil fines.
• ORV must be operated on the far right of the maintained portion of a road or street
• ORV must not be operated on the road, shoulder, or any right-of-way of any State or Federal highway (M-18, M-55, US 127, I-75)
• Operate ORV at a speed of no more than 25 mph or a lower posted ORV speed limit
• Operate with the flow of traffic
• Must travel single file
• Must not operate if under 12 years old
• Operate 1/2 half hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset unless displaying a lighted headlight and taillight
• Must wear a crash helmet and protective eyewear unless vehicle is equipped with a roof that meets or exceeds standards for a crash helmet and properly adjusted safety belts are worn if equipped
• A child less than 16 years old shall not operate an ORV unless under the direct visual supervision of an adult and child must possess a Michigan issued ORV safety certificate

Surprise Visitor Thank You

Eli and his family stopped by today to thank the Gerrish Township Police and EMS Department’s for the prompt and professional service that was provided for an incident that occurred at their residence Monday evening while Officer Wybraniec and Officer Socia were on duty.

We are all very glad that Eli will completely recover from his shoulder injury and are grateful that they were compelled to drop off some very tasty treats!!

Chief Hill – 38 Year Anniversary

Congratulations Chief Brian Hill on your 38th year with the Gerrish Township Police Department and Thank You for your continued dedication and service to our community!

Officer Muszynski – 14 Year Anniversarsy

Congratulations Officer Eric Muszynski on your 14th year with the Gerrish Township Police Department and Thank You for your continued dedication and service to our community!

ACT NOW Scholarship Winners…

Congratulations Karlee Erickson and Bailey Warson

At the June 5, 2020 regular ACT NOW Executive Board meeting, two recipients were selected from the applications received for the 2020 ACT NOW Scholarship Awards. Each of these young ladies will receive a $1,000 award toward their college tuition. Due to COVID-19, they did not get to receive their awards at a public presentation, however, we did not want their efforts and achievements to go unrecognized so please help us congratulate them and share this information.

Karlee Erickson is the daughter of James and Christina Erickson and will be attending Western Michigan University this fall and will major in Aviation Management and Operations.

During high school, Karlee participated in Softball (including a travel softball league with the Royals), Student Council, National Honor Society, Band, Jazz Band, Wolverine Summer Band Camp, East Shore Wind Symphony Honor Band, Higgins Lake Water Quality Testing and Western Michigan University’s Aviation Summer Camp.

Karlee also served on the Roscommon County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council and Roscommon Rotary Interact and worked during the summer at Lakeside Private Association Dining Hall.

Bailey Warson is the daughter of Kristy Muszynski and Brandon Warson and will be attending Kirtland Community College.

Bailey was active in high school and participated in Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, Drama, Advanced Arts and with her Church. Bailey also volunteered at many of the past Shop-With-A-Cop programs and Trunk or Treat and has worked summer jobs at Andy’s and Spicer’s Boat City.

On behalf of the entire ACT NOW Board and the Gerrish Twp. Police Department we would like to again Congratulate these two fine young ladies on their accomplishments and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

We would also like to recognize and congratulate all of the Roscommon High School 2020 graduating class and wish them all the happiness and success they so deserve!

Food Truck Distribution – June 11th

There will be a Food Distribution on Thursday, June 11, 2020 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the food runs out. This will take place at the Roscommon Area Schools Bus Garage, please enter at the Roscommon Middle School drive and follow the marked route.

Please stay in your car and volunteers will bring the food to you.

There are no public restroom facilities available so plan accordingly.

Please be patient as the volunteers will be following all COVID-19 guidelines during the event.

Lt. Patchin – 28 Year Anniversary

Congratulations Lt. Greg Patchin on your 28th year with Gerrish Township Police Department and THANK YOU for your continued dedication and service to our community!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday June 6th

The first Household Hazardous Waste Collection of 2020 will take place this Saturday at the Roscommon County Road Commission located at 820 E. West Branch Road, Prudenville from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

This is a free service for Roscommon County residents only provided by Roscommon County Townships, the Roscommon County Solid Waste Recycling Committee and the Crawford-Roscommon Conservation District.

Organizers are asking that you please wear a face mask and respect social distancing guidelines at this event.

The next Collection will take place on the Saturday after Labor Day, September 12, 2020.

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