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ACT NOW Scholarship Application Deadline is April 5th

The deadline to turn in ACT NOW Scholarship Applications is April 5, 2017.  Completed applications can be dropped off at the Gerrish Township Police Department or the Roscommon High School Counseling Office.  ACT NOW will award two $1,000 scholarships at the RHS Senior Awards Night on May 1st, 2017.  Scholarships are based on community service, GPA and need.  Applications are available at the Gerrish Police Department, RHS Counseling Office or on our website under the ACT NOW tab.

Tiger’s Opening Day Party 4/7/17 at Fred’s

Come out and join the fun…ACT NOW will be hosting a “Tiger’s Opening Day Party” at Fred’s in Roscommon on April 7th.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. and goes until game is over.  Come have lunch and watch the game with friends, DRINK SPECIALS will also be available.  Participate in the 50/50 and prize raffles during the game with a chance to win a great Getaway Trip!!  All drawings will take place immediately after the game and you do need to be present to win.  Show your support for our “Tigers” and at the same time you will be supporting all of the community programs and projects sponsored by ACT NOW.

Internet Safety Exchange Zone


The Gerrish Township Police Department now has an “Internet Safety Exchange Zone” in their parking lot.  This area can be utilized when exchanging goods for money that were sold on an Internet site.  This zone is under continuous video recording and will provide a safe area for people conducting on-line purchase transactions with strangers.

The zone is clearly marked with a sign and is located in the South side parking lot of the Gerrish Twp. Police Department near the back of the building.

(Gerrish Township assumes no liability whatsoever for those using the zone for conducting such transactions.)

Thank You Sponsors of the Gerrish P.D. Safety Education Program

Officer Martin recently completed his presentations at the Roscommon Middle School covering topics such as Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Sexual Assault, Bullying and Crime Prevention.  This educational series was presented to approximately 160 students in the 5th and 7th grades during September and October 2016 and January and February 2017.  The Gerrish Twp. Police Department partnered with the National Child Safety Council and materials for these presentations were paid for by donations from the local businesses listed in above flyer.  Thank you to all of these fine businesses for your continued support of the Gerrish Twp. Police Department’s Public Safety and Education Program!!

For a printable PDF version of this flyer, click this link Safety Education Program

ACT NOW Donates $1,000 to “The Boot” Program

ACT NOW Secretary Julie Hill presents a $1,000 donation check to Kate Gammicchia, committee member of Friends For Safe Schools to go toward The Boot Program.  This “Silver Sponsor” donation is being made “In Memory” of Danny Bates who passed away last year and was a long time ACT NOW Executive Board member and Gerrish Township CERT member.  Danny volunteered and served with many community organizations including the Roscommon County Sheriff Department Auxiliary, Marine Patrol and Victims Services Unit.  Danny was also a member of many civic organizations including the Grayling Masonic Lodge, AuSable Shrine Club, Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Post 96.

The Boot Program provides a security system on all doors in all schools in our area.  The program is sponsored by the Roscommon County Community Foundation through the “Friends For Safe Schools” Fund.

Officer LaBonte Receives Department Citation Award

Chief Hill presented Officer Norm LaBonte with a Departmental Citation Award at the March 14th Gerrish Township Board Meeting.  This is one of the highest awards that can be obtained from the Gerrish Township Police Department.*  Officer LaBonte received this award in recognition of his performance while on duty on June 12, 2016 in response to a call to assist Roscommon County Deputy Joseph Quintana with a 52 year-old female suicidal subject who was going to jump off the I-75 overpass on N. Roscommon Road.  Through his initiative and determination, Officer LaBonte assisted in talking the subject down and to seek professional medical attention, therefore providing instrumental assistance in protecting life.

Officer Norman LaBonte and Deputy Joseph Quintana were recently presented Life Saving Awards from Roscommon County Sheriff Ed Stern.  We would like to thank both of these law enforcement officers for their professionalism, compassion and team work during an unusual and difficult situation.  Without the quick response of law enforcement the outcome of this incident would have been much different.  

*It should be noted that in order to receive the Gerrish Township Police Department Citation Award, an officer must exhibit service in the line of duty that requires unusual thoroughness, conscientiousness, determination and initiative in the performance of a difficult assignment.  The service need not involve exposure to personal danger, but it must have been instrumental in protecting life or property.  It many include an act of exceptional courage and bravery or when because of the outstanding nature of the act, a life is saved, a serious crime prevented or a person is arrested who committed a serious crime.

2017 Winter Fest Cardboard Classic Sled Race

Gerrish P.D. had their Ranger Unit #241 on hand at Pioneer Hill for standby to assist Gerrish EMS if needed for the 2017 Winter Fest Cardboard Classic Sled Races this past Saturday.  It was a beautiful day and we are happy to say that our services were not needed and a fun time was had by all!!  Thank you to all the participants and congratulations winners!  There was a lot of work and creativity that went into the cardboard classics!


2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Sale Shirts

Pre-run shirts are now available to purchase for $10.00 each for the 2017 Torch Run.  The shirts are available in sizes Small – XX Large and can be purchased at the Gerrish Township Police Department.  The Annual Torch Run will take place in September 2017, more information coming soon on the run date, time and registration.  The Gerrish Community Run will take place the second week in September and will start at the Gerrish Twp. Municipal Center and end at the South Higgins Lake State Park boat launch area.  ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SHIRT SALES AND THE TORCH RUN GO TO MICHIGAN SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

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