The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for their fall Citizen Police Academy. The academy will run September 10, 2015 – November 19, 2015. Classes meet once a week for eleven weeks. Classes are held on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The last session of the Academy is graduation. Classes are held at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office 701 Ball Ave NE Grand Rapids. Entrance Requirements Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria: Minimum age of 21 Live or work in Kent County No Misdemeanor arrests within one year of application No prior felony arrests The students will also have the opportunity to ride with a Deputy to get a glimpse of what a typical patrol night might be like in Kent County. Enrollment is limited to approximately twenty five students per session. For more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy and the selection process please contact: Sandi Jones 616-632-6221 email@example.com Or visit our website at www.accesskent.com
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Someone missed the stop sign on the corner of Shaner Avenue and Stout Thursday, June 18 just after 5 p.m. According to Courtland Fire Chief Micky Davis, the driver of a pickup truck was ejected through the window, which he said is unusual, and was being loaded in an ambulance when he arrived on the scene. The other driver was talking to first responders as she was loaded into one of two Rockford Ambulances still on the scene a half hour after the crash. Seven emergency vehicles responded, including Kent County Sheriff deputies, Rockford Ambulance and Courtland Township Fire Department.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The Kent County Sheriff Department, in collaboration with the Wolverine Worldwide YMCA and Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition, conducted a bicycle give-a-way and safety event for 29 area children on Tuesday, August 28. Making it all possible were 29 new or gently used bikes that had come into the possession of the Kent County Sheriff Department. Bikes needing repair were completely refurbished to safe operating conditions by Kent County Jail inmates. “The inmates take a great sense of pride and ownership by playing a part in this worthwhile program,” said Sheriff Larry Stelma who was on hand for the give-a-way event. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved today including the inmates.” “The 29 children chosen to be recipients of the bikes had been identified by the Wolverine Worldwide YMCA as area kids who lack the financial means to afford a bicycle,” said Toni Szczepanski, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Rockford area YMCA. Thrilled kids received an age appropriate bicycle that had been previously tagged for them, and them alone. Before they were allowed to test-drive their bikes around the parking lot, the kids had a sit-down bike safety lesson. After which, each was personally fitted with a brand-new bicycle helmet provided by Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition. Personally attending to that task was Amy Horn, the hospital’s Safe Kids Program Assistant. With helmet in place, each kid on his new ride headed through a mock riding course, complete with orange cones, which had previously been set up by Sheriff Deputies. Also on hand were two Deputies and their beautiful chestnut horses from the Kent County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit. For some of the kids (Sienna Gorby, 8, in particular) the horses were the highlight of the day. “Today’s presentation was but one of many community service and outreach events provided by the Kent County Sheriff Department every year,” said Sheriff Stelma. As the afternoon’s festivities drew to a close, the new bicycle owners loaded the bikes up to return home for many years of out-of-doors riding pleasure. Enjoy kids, and to quote Roy Rogers (and Fred Meijer) “Happy trails to you”.
In an effort to communicate with our residents about crimes and events that can impact their lives, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office is offering a new service. Community Alerts is a free service that allows citizens to register for e-mail and text messages from the sheriff’s office. Through this free service, participants can receive information about crimes, scams and other situations so that they can be more vigilant and prepared. Messages can range from wanted persons to crime patterns, to traffic situations to avoid. You can register for Kent County Community Alerts by going to www.accesskent.com/CommAlerts/, or by going to the sheriff’s department webpage at www.accesskent.com/CourtsAndLawEnforcement/SheriffsDepartment/sheriff_index.htm and clicking on the online service: Community Alerts. Once there, register your name, address, e-mail, text provider and the township(s) that you would like to receive information about. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office believes in partnering with its citizens to prevent and solve crime. Community Alerts, along with the sheriff’s department’s crime-mapping at crimereports.com, is a dual approach in keeping citizens informed, aware and prepared.
Sheriff’s Department asks for help identifying suspect On October 26, a 23-year-old Grand Rapids woman had her wallet stolen while she was frequenting a business in Plainfield Township. Several hours after the theft, the suspect used the victim’s debit card at a local bank and withdrew money from her account. The suspect’s picture was captured during the transaction. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who could potentially identify this suspect to please call (616) 632-6434 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.