law enforcement

7:17 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Emmett Township Police Officers Could Get Body Cameras

Chief says after 90 day test, he will recommend purchasing eight cameras for $8,000
The Emmett Township board may vote Thursday to buy two fire trucks and be the first in Calhoun County to equip its police officers with body cameras. The township board will consider spending $1.45 million for a ladder truck and a pumper engine to replace two aging trucks.
6:03 am
Wed October 8, 2014

County Board Approves Consolidated Dispatch Agreement, Phone Surcharge

Surcharge will be on all 911 accessible devices
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners was the last of five public bodies to vote on an agreement that will see the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage, Kalamazoo Township, Western Michigan University and the county move to begin consolidating their five dispatch operations into one consolidated unit.
7:34 am
Tue October 7, 2014

A Year After Racial Profiling Study Changes Continue at Kalamazoo Public Safety

Public Safety Chief says department is working to improve relationship with community
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Policy and procedural changes continue at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety a year after the results of a racial profiling study were released. The study, released in September 2013, found that black motorists were more than twice as likely as whites to be pulled over in the city of Kalamazoo.
1:28 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

WMU Gets New Public Safety Chief

New Chief Scott Merlo replaces Robert Brown, who is retiring.
KALAMAZOO, MI - A Western Michigan University alumnus and veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety who retired as an executive lieutenant in 2012 has been named the new chief of the WMU Department of Public Safety, school officials said Tuesday.
5:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Barry Township to Release Separation Agreement With Former Police Chief

Township board made decision Tuesday after meeting in closed session
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
DELTON, MI - In a 5-0 vote, the Barry Township Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to release the separation agreement with former police chief Victor Pierce and also to produce Pierce's personnel file. The action came at the request of the Kalamazoo Gazette, which sought the documents under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.