Gerrish Township Police Department

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Department News


Gerrish Township Police Department just received and installed it’s new Drug Drop Box for unwanted and expired prescription medications. This box was received on a grant from the Rite Aid Kids Cents Foundation (Keeping Kids Safe makes sense to us) with no cost to the department or community. This will assist the police department with the collection and safe disposal of medications.

SAR Awards Presented Today to Sgt. LaBonte & Officer Scroggin

Sons of the American Revolution Recognize Gerrish Officers with Life Saving Awards

Representatives from the Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) attended the Gerrish Township Special Work Session today to present Life Saving Awards to Sgt. Norm LaBonte and Officer James Scroggin.

The quick and selfless actions of these two Officers resulted in the rescue of two subjects who had capsized their kayaks in the deep, cold waters of Higgins Lake on May 28, 2019. The subjects did not have life jackets on and were barely clinging to a sinking kayak when the Officers reached them on a Jet Ski and Pontoon boat that they retrieved from a lake front resident who also assisted in the rescue.

The approximate water temperature at the time of the incident was 49 degrees F and the air temp was 60 degrees F. The very weak and cold subjects were treated on scene for hypothermia by Gerrish EMS and released to their grateful family members.

Congratulations to both Officers as they received the highest award possible from SAR. They also received Departmental Life Saving Awards last summer for their heroic efforts.

Thank You to All for a Successful Trunk or Treat!

Looked more like Christmas than Halloween!!

Despite the snow and cold, our 11th Annual Trunk or Treat was still a great success! We truly appreciate our community and all of the trunk participants that showed up in spite of the bad weather! We would like to thank the Gerrish Twp. CERT volunteers, the Gerrish Twp. Fire/EMS members, ACT NOW and our community members that donated candy or cash. A special thank you to Officer Eric Muszynski for organizing this event and the entire Gerrish PD for all their efforts before and after the event.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR JUDGES: Mark Constance (Up North Voice), Jim Miller (The Bird & The Bear Grill) and Katie Moore (Ms. Michigan North America)! This is always a tough job as we have so many great entries.

Prizes were awarded in three judged categories:

Best Decorated Trunk – Rachel LaBonte

Most Creative Trunk – Kevin Gilliam & Brenden Gilliam

Scariest Trunk – Billy Beaudoin

10 Prizes were awarded to the following in our Random Participation Drawing: Jim Valentino, Julie Nordquist, Kay Shaltz, Kathy Kuchta, Thaddeus Kassab, Century 21 Northland, Tom Kelley, Meagan Felix, Erickson Aldridge and Billy Beaudoin.

64.4 Pounds of Drugs Dropped Off for Disposal

Yesterday, the Gerrish Twp. Police Department turned in 64.4 pounds of medications/drugs to be disposed of at the Petoskey Public Safety Department through the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s program to keep the environment clean and unwanted drugs safely out of the hands of children/teens.

Thank you to everyone for utilizing this tool to keep our community safer and cleaner.

Gerrish Twp. Police Department will be upgrading their Drug Drop Box in the near future through the “KidCents” Safe Medication Disposal Program from the Rite Aid Foundation. Watch for more information to come on the new box. It will be in the same location (to the left of the front door entrance of the police department building). Until then please continue to use the current Drug Drop Box. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rain, Sleet or Snow…Trunk or Treat is Ready to GO!

Just to let everyone know, it doesn’t matter what the weather is on Halloween night, our Trunk or Treat event will take place no matter what Mother Nature dishes out!

We still have room for more trunks if you want to pre-register, or you can register beginning at 4:15 p.m. on 10/31/19. Our vehicle line up entrance will be located off of Cottage Street next to the Gerrish Twp. Fire Department. The registration area will be in the back of the field near the playground area and the large white CERT trailer.

Pre-registration forms are available at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department, the Gerrish Twp. Hall and online at under the Trunk or Treat tab.

Get your Trunks Registered…

Annual Trunk or Treat October 31st


Not sure if you want to participate? You can register during vehicle line up starting at 4:15 p.m. on the night of the event. We are also accepting candy donations that can be dropped off any time at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department or the Gerrish Twp. Hall.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Oct. 20-26

Hey Parents and Teens…October 20-26 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. This is a great opportunity for parents to talk to and remind teens about the importance of safe driving and for teens to talk with their friends and family about the importance of the rules of the road and being a responsible, safe driver.

In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver. 15 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.

Safe driving requires 100% attention 100% of the time while driving. Check out the Talking Points on safe driving for both parent audience and teen audience below and take a few moments this week to talk to your teens (and teens talk to your friends) about the importance of safe driving…keep that conversation going all year long!

Parent Talking Points/Fact Sheet:

Teen Talking Points/Fact Sheet:

Calling All Trunks…

11th Annual Trunk or Treat

Win one of these great prizes when you participate in our 11th Annual Trunk or Treat! There will be three judged categories: Scariest Trunk, Most Creative Trunk and Best Decorated Trunk. Random drawings will also be awarded to 10 other trunks just for participating (you don’t even have to decorate).

Come on out and join in this fun, safe community event. Last year we had 50 trunks and we are trying to beat that number. There were between 1000-1200 kids that came to the 2018 Trunk or Treat event.

For a copy of a Vehicle Pre-Registration Form click here:

Scrap Metal Project CLOSED for the Season

Our Scrap Metal Project is CLOSED for the season effective immediately. As of today, October 8, 2019 we will no longer be collecting scrap metal. Please do not drop off scrap items behind the police department.

Watch for information next April on when we will be opening the scrap metal collection back up. Thank you to all of those who donated scrap metal this past summer. It not only keeps our community clean but all funds raised go towards the many community projects and programs that are sponsored by the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and ACT NOW.

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