Gerrish Township Police Department

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Department News

Thank You Dispatchers!!

We couldn’t let the week slip by without thanking Vance Stringham, Carley Schrems and all of the Roscommon County Dispatchers!! We appreciate you and thank you for your service. You are all valuable members of our “First Responder” TEAM!!

Bicycle Found…PLEASE SHARE!!

A bicycle was found and turned in to the Gerrish Township Police Department on 4/5/19. The bike was found on the Southeast corner of the intersection of County Road 100 and Maplehurst Drive.

If you are missing a bike, please contact Officer Eric Muszynski at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 288 or email him at emuszynski@gerrishpolice.org.

Throw Back Thursday – 1982

Chief Brian Hill on his first day as an Officer. Brian started his law enforcement career in 1982 with Gerrish Township Police Department and has moved up through the ranks as Sergeant and now Chief of Police. Gerrish Police Department has been his only employer and this year marks his 37th year as a Law Enforcement Officer, all with the same agency.

APRIL is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

You deserve better. Speak up when you see someone putting you at risk. Tell them to hang up and #justdrive.

Learn more at the National Safety Council website at www.nsc.org/justdrive

Scrap Metal Project is OPEN

Scrap metal drop off is now OPEN. Place your scrap metal in the trailer behind the Gerrish Police Department and your donation will support all of the community programs and projects sponsored by ACT NOW, Gerrish CERT team and the Gerrish Twp. Police Department.

Metal products only please…no tires, propane tanks, computers or TV’s.

Tuesday Traffic Tidbit – Bicycles & The Law

According to Michigan Motor Vehicle Code Section 257, bicyclists may ride two abreast. “Two or more individuals operating bicycles upon a highway or street shall not ride more than 2 abreast except upon a path or portion of the highway or street set aside for use of bicycles.”

It is illegal to “pass between lanes of traffic” and to ride on limited-access highways (expressways). The Motor Vehicle Code does not prohibit sidewalk riding, however “an individual operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.”

Bicyclists do not have to use bike lanes even if present and do not have to wear helmets, although it is strongly recommended for safety to use bike lanes where provided and to wear head protection.

For further tips on riding bicycles legally and safety visit the League of Michigan Bicyclists website at www.LMB.org.

Next Coffee with a Cop – April 26th

Join the Gerrish Township Police Officers for a FREE cup of coffee and casual conversation. No agenda, just chat with the officers, enjoy some coffee and order some great pastries or breakfast from The Bird & The Bear’s menu! SEE YOU THERE!

Throw Back Thursday…In Honor of Marie Swalec Thompson

We would like to throw out a special “Thank You” to Roscommon County E-911 Senior Dispatcher Marie Swalec Thompson on her last day of work today! We wish you the best in your retirement and are going to miss you as part of our Emergency Services “TEAM.” We appreciate your years of service and calming voice as you are the last of the original Roscommon County 911 Dispatchers!! GOOD LUCK & BEST WISHES!

APRIL is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Some screen time can be deadly. Speak up when you’re being disturbed as well as when you’re in danger. Distracted driving is deadly driving. #justdrive

Learn more at the National Safety Council website at www.nsc.org/justdrive

Tuesday Traffic Tidbit – Bicycles & The Law

According to the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code Section 257 bicycles are considered vehicles in Michigan and must obey the same traffic laws as a motorist including obeying stop signs and stop signals.

Bicyclists must ride with the direction of traffic (pedestrians walk against traffic) and must utilize the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway (as close as practicable) unless passing another bicycle, preparing to turn left, if the edge of the roadway is unsafe due to surface hazards or obstacles or if upon a 1-way street that has 2 or more marked traffic lanes in which case the bicyclist may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

Watch for more bicycling tips for riding legally and safely in future posts. For more information on “What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know” visit the League of Michigan Bicyclists at www.LMB.org.

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