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64 Pounds of Drugs Turned In from Drug Drop Box

Lt. Patchin dropped off 64 pounds of unused and unwanted medications today to the Petoskey Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.  These drugs were dropped off at the Gerrish Township Drug Drop Box since April 24th, our last collection processing date.  We, along with several other law enforcement agencies in our area collect unwanted, unused and expired medications as part of a safe collection effort to keep medications from landing in the wrong hands or from being flushed down toilets and drains.  The Council collects these medications semi-annually and the Petoskey Police Department transports the collection to a Grand Rapids EPA approved incineration facility for proper disposal.

Gerrish Township P.D., Denton Twp. P.D. and the Roscommon County Sheriff Department turned in 167 pounds of medications in total today from our community.  Thank you to all of those who utilize the drug drop boxes at these locations.

The Gerrish Twp. Police Department “DRUG DROP BOX” is located just to the left of the front entrance door at the Police Department building at 3075 E. Higgins Lake Drive and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you have a large quantity of medications to turn in, please ring the entrance bell and give them to someone inside the building so that the drop box doesn’t get clogged up.

Interested in Joining Gerrish CERT?





If you are interested in joining the Gerrish Township CERT team, please contact a Gerrish Police Officer or call Gerrish Administrative Clerk Julie Hill at 989-821-5207 Ext. 291 and give your name and phone number.  We would like to run a 20-hour Basic CERT class this winter if you would like to become a CERT volunteer.

For more information on our CERT team, click on the link and check out our brochure: CERT Brochure

Special Smoke Detectors for Hard of Hearing & Deaf Installed


Thank you to Officer Eric Muszysnki of the Gerrish Police Department and Gerrish Fire Department members Brandon Rodgers, Mike Stempien and Mike Bentley who have been out in the community installing FREE specialized smoke detection units for the Hard of Hearing and Deaf.

These units are available for anyone in need free of charge through Grayson’s Gift program, a non-profit organization that is working on improving the quality of life for the deaf and hard of hearing community and bringing knowledge of the silent world to the hearing.

If you are interested in receiving one of these free specialized units that work off of traditional smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms by shaking a bed and activating a strobe light, please contact a Gerrish Police Officer or call the Gerrish Twp. Fire Department at (989) 821-9313 Ext. 240.

Scrap Metal Project Ends for Season on 10/8/18

Scrap Metal Project will end for the season on Monday October 8th.  Please make sure any scrap items you want to get rid of are dropped off by this weekend before the trailer is removed and the scrap metal drop off area is closed for the year.

The scrap metal drop off is currently located behind the Gerrish Police Department next to the fenced-in Impound Lot.

Thank you to all those who have utilized the drop off as all proceeds from this project support the many annual programs that are sponsored by ACT NOW and the Gerrish Police Department.

2018 Shop-With-A-Cop Stuffed Animal “Dinosaur”

Officer Fick organized the 2018 Shop-With-A-Cop Stuffed Animal Fundraiser this year and raised over $1,000 at the Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival on September 15th to go towards this project.

There are still some of these plush dinos left if you would like one.  They are available in three colors (orange, blue and green) and are $4.00 each.  Stop by the Gerrish Police Department and pick one (or more) up and help support the Gerrish Police Department’s 2018 Shop-With-A-Cop Program!


Child Safety Seats Available


Officer Shannon Fick has completed a class in August and is now a Certified Child Passenger Restraint Safety Technician.  She can officially provide community presentations, child safety seat checks and provide hands-on assistance to parents, grand-parents and any child-care provider on the proper use of child restraints.

We also have a quantity of Child Car Seats and Booster Seats available to the public for free provided through a program by the Crawford-Roscommon Child Protection Council.

If you are in need of a Child Restraint or would like to have your car seat inspected, stop by the Gerrish Police Department and ask for Officer Fick.  You may also contact Officer Fick at 989-821-5207 Ext. 289 (leave a message if she is not in) or email her at sfick@gerrishpolice.org.

Lt. Patchin & Sgt. LaBonte Honor Veterans


Click here for a short video:  IMG_1766

Lt. Patchin and Sgt. LaBonte attended a luncheon at St. Hubert’s Church in Higgins Lake to honor 5 local veterans.  After lunch there was a short send off ceremony and the veterans bus was escorted by Gerrish Police Department, Roscommon County Sheriff Deputy Hand and the Lyon Twp. Fire Department (Chief Cleeves) to the Military Road entrance of US-127 where they will proceed to Camp Grayling.  They will spend the night at Camp Grayling and then will take a bus to Traverse City where they will meet up with the rest of the group of veterans and their guardian escorts to fly to Washington DC through the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Program.

For more information on the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight visit www.midmichiganhonorflight.org or call (231) 803-4255. 


Homecoming Safety

This time of year brings social activities which are a very important part of student life such as homecoming events, parades, gatherings, dances and games.

As we approach the season of homecoming games and dances, we should encourage our kids to make good decisions and set good examples.

Kids, let your parents know where you are going to be and who you are going to be with.

When traveling from one place to another, please use caution and adhere to the rules of the road.

Be aware of the consequences of drinking and remove yourself from situations in which you don’t feel comfortable.

Parents, provide a safe environment for kids and always re-assure them you will be there if they find themselves in a place they no longer wish to be.

It goes without saying that those under 21 should not be drinking and the consequences both legally and academically are not worth it.

It is also illegal for those over 21 to provide alcohol to minors and these consequences can be far-reaching.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun homecoming, both on and off the field!   GO BUCKS!!!

Save the Date…Trunk or Treat…October 31st

Gerrish Twp. Police Department and ACT NOW will be hosting their “10th” Annual Trunk or Treat on October 31st at the Gerrish Twp. Municipal Center.

Mark your calendars and watch for more information…we need trunk participation!!  There will be prizes for participants in three categories and we have added several random participation prizes this year!

The event will run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Trunks can start to set up at 4:45 p.m.)

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