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Ottawa County Sheriff's Office

Community Policing

Recognizing that a significant amount of law enforcement response is reactive in nature, the administration of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has consistently moved in the direction of community-oriented policing. Our goal is to work directly with local elected officials, schools, courts, businesses and community leaders to identify specific areas of need and develop strategies to address those needs. We believe that the proactive measures involved in community policing concepts have a direct impact on the reactive actions required of law enforcement. Community-oriented policing has proven to be a valuable tool in dealing with the rapid growth occurring within Ottawa County.

Cooperative efforts between local units of government, school districts, and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office have lead to many successful Federal grant awards over the years, such as the Department of Justice “COPS” Grant. These programs have provided much of the initial financial foundation for the growth of community policing in Ottawa County. Continued support and partnerships by local units of government, schools, and the county have made community-oriented policing a stable, effective method of proactive law enforcement within Ottawa County.

Community policing deputies are a visible presence in the communities they serve. In addition to actively participating in community events, the deputies work closely with local units of government, schools, and courts on issues specific to that particular entity. Listed below are some examples of the various Community Policing Programs and activities in which deputies participate.

  • Crime Free Multi-Housing Programs
  • Zoning Ordinance Enforcement
  • Bicycle Patrols
  • Child Passenger Safety Education
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Bicycle/Helmet Safety Education
  • Hunter Safety Instruction
  • Boating Safety Instruction
  • Senior Citizen Issues/Presentations
  • Business Interests/Presentations
  • Bicycle Registration Programs
  • Quality of Life Issues
  • Traffic Control-Selective Enforcement
  • Vacation Property Watch
  • In addition to the programs listed, deputies also focus their efforts on temporary problem solving, such as traffic enforcement in a newly created construction zone, follow-up on school bus violations, and enforcement of sex offender registration laws. Finally, all community policing deputies carry a criminal investigation caseload as a part of their obligation to the community they serve.

    Deputies assigned to township or city community policing positions are as follows:

    Holland Township     Park Township     Hudsonville City
    Sgt. Brent Converse
    Deputy Dave DeWitt
    Deputy Michael DeWitt
    Deputy Garry Fox
    Deputy Ryan DeVries
    Deputy Michael VandenBosch
    Deputy Marc Veenman
    Sgt. Brent Converse
    Deputy Mitch Kooyers
    Deputy Garry Fox
    Deputy Ryan DeVries
    Deputy Michael VandenBosch
    Sgt. Mike Bagladi
    Deputy Chad Klaver
    Deputy Jon Knott
    Deputy Mark Sheren
    Deputy John Ortman
    Deputy Stacy Scholten
         
    Georgetown Township Zeeland Township Spring Lake Township
    Sgt. Jason Kik
    Deputy Matt Chatfield
    Deputy Nick Knott
    Deputy Mike Petroelje
    Deputy Michele Sampson
    Deputy Adam Schaller
    Deputy Joe Bares
    Sgt. Valerie Weiss
    Deputy Tonya Kimber
    Deputy David Tuttle
    Sgt. Valerie Weiss
    Deputy Jon Smoes
    Deputy Travis Babcock
           
    Allendale Township Jamestown Township Port Sheldon Township
    Sgt. Jeff Steigenga
    Deputy Brandon Tubergan
    Deputy Jacob Mucha
    Sgt. Valerie Weiss
    Deputy Sarah Flick
    Sgt. Valerie Weiss
    Deputy Michael Veldkamp
         
    Coopersville City Grand Haven Township Polkton, Chester &Tallmadge Twps
    Sgt. Dennis Luce
    Deputy Brad Bennett
    Deputy Valerie Beemer
    Deputy Dan Lewkowski
    Deputy Chris Reuwer
    Deputy Rick Sykes
    Sgt. Valerie Weiss
    Deputy Keith Biros
    Deputy Derek Gerencer
    Deputy Tim Smith
    Deputy Chris Todd
    Sgt. Dennis Luce
    Deputy Tyler Kempema

    Gary A. Rosema
    Sheriff

    Administration

    12220 Fillmore Street
    West Olive, MI 49460
    Phone: (616) 738-4000
    FAX: (616) 738-4062
    In Ottawa County:
    (888) 731-1001
    Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm

    County Jail

    12130 Fillmore Street
    West Olive, MI 49460
    Phone: (616) 786-4140
    Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm