law enforcement

3:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

BC Picks New Police Chief

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City officials say Jim Blocker, who had been serving as interim chief, was the "outstanding" choice for the permanent position.
After a 90-day trial run, Jim Blocker was named Thursday as Battle Creek police chief. Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole announced her decision to appoint Blocker to replace Jackie Hampton who retired in January. The appointment is immediate. "I believe Jim best meets the needs of the department, organization and community," Bedsole said in a prepared statement.
6:11 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Attorney Says Van Buren County Sheriff Won't Reimburse for Vehicle Use

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County Commission voted on Tuesday to reprimand Dale Gribler and take his car away
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- An attorney for Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler said the sheriff violated no county policy when he transported the Lawrence High School baseball team to Georgia in April using a county-owned car. Michael Bingen, of Kalamazoo, said the county has provided the sheriff with a vehicle for his own personal use for over 30 years.
7:33 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Village of Homer Hires Sheriff Department of Police Services

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Village officials say agreement will save about $65,000 a year on public safety
HOMER - The sheriff is back in the village of Homer. Homer Village Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to replace its police department with deputies from the Calhoun County Sheriff Department. The council voted to negotiate a contract with the department to save money in their budget, said Village Manager Jerry Stonebreaker.
7:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Report: Michigan Police Monitoring More People

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The state plans to take over and expand an existing program so police agencies can share and access information about more residents.
Police agencies throughout Michigan are increasingly compiling and sharing even the most mundane information about suspects - and everyday citizens. As budgets tighten, police are joining consortiums to manage records and reports that, in most cases, are public but time consuming to access.
SW Michigan
2:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New interim police chief in BC

Interim Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker
Credit City of Battle Creek

The City of Battle Creek has a new interim police chief. The city announced Tuesday that Detective Jim Blocker will take over the department following former chief Jackie Hampton's retirement last month. Deputy Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Saylor has initially been picked to replace Hampton while the search for a permanent chief was underway way. But Saylor and city officials later agreed that he should step aside because he was considering jobs in other cities.

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