|Sturgis Police Department
Specialty Units & Assignments
Below you will find a list of our Specialty Units as well
as more information about each one.
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM
Select members of the Sturgis Police Department serve
as members of a multi-jurisdictional county -wide Special
Response Team. The team is available for responses requiring
a tactical team to serve high risk warrants or arrests
and for drug raids where there is reason to believe weapons
or other risks may be involved. Sturgis officers train
once a month with other members throughout the county.
JOSEPH COUNTY MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE
The Major Crimes Unit is a multi-jurisdictional task force
comprised of investigators and crime scene technicians
from throughout the county. It may be activated for homicides
and other select major crimes. The unit consists of an
investigation unit and a crime scene unit and serves as
a force-multiplier when additional investigative personnel
are needed on a short term basis for major crimes. The
unit has proved itself invaluable in several cases since
it began in the 1990's. Sturgis investigators, crime scene
techs and other officers with specialized skills may be
called up for activation at a moments notice.
Officer Aaron Moore and his partner "Dosti" comprise the
department's K-9 unit. The unit first began in 2005 with the
generous contributions from several businesses and individuals
to pay for the dog , training and an SUV and associated equipment
needed to supply the unit. Assistance from an area Veterinarian
and a local business keep the dog equipped with needed medical
care and food. Dosti was initially raised and trained in a Soviet
republic by an organization specializing in training these type
of dogs. He was then shipped to the U.S. where he received several
more weeks of training with his new partner, Officer Moore.
Both the handler and his dog train daily at home and attend
training with other similar units on a weekly basis regionally
and on a statewide level throughout the year to maintain skills
and various certifications. Dosti is training in handler protection,
tracking, building searches and drug detection, which he has
Crime scene technicians continue to receive training in basic
and advanced crime scene investigation techniques to include
crime scene reconstruction, arson investigation and more.
SCENE INVESTIGATION UNIT
Beginning in 2006, the department elected to replace one
of the patrol units with a specially equipped crime scene
investigation patrol unit. The unit is usually driven
by an officer who has received specialized training either
in crime scene investigation or accident investigation.
The unit is equipped with specialized crime scene investigation
equipment making it readily available for patrols or for
call up as part of the Major Crimes Task Force.
BICYCLE PATROL OFFICERS
INVESTIGATOR / RECONSTRUCTIONIST
The department currently has two officers with advanced
training as either an advanced accident investigator or
to the level of an Accident Reconstructionist. These officers
have received advanced training in several field including
vehicle dynamics, tire dynamics, accident photography,
motor cycle and commercial vehicle accidents. They are
called upon when a traffic crash results in a serious
injury or fatality.
Currently our bike patrol consists of five sworn officers and
is utilized in a variety of areas including: general patrol,
parade detail, holidays, special and sporting events. Their
duties range from general complaints to traffic control and
directed patrols needs. The goal of the unit is to be highly
visible, approachable and community oriented.
ANIMAL CONTROL / CODE ENFORCEMENT
/ PROPERTY ROOM
One civilian serves part time as an animal control officer for
the police department and part time as a code enforcement officer
for the community development department. He focuses on animal
control, parking violations, abandoned and junk vehicles as
well as various zoning issues. He/she also oversees the operation
of the Evidence / Property room.
FIELD TRAINING OFFICERS
The department has select officers assigned as Field Training
Officers for new officers coming to the department. They both
teach and supervise new recruits in an extensive 14 week training
program. New officers are evaluated on a daily and weekly basis
and must show satisfactory performance in order to complete
|SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
The Sturgis Police Department partners with Sturgis Schools to provide high visibility in and around schools by a full time School Resource Officer. The officer maintains offices at both Sturgis High School and Middle School where he is available to both staff and students. He conducts classes on various subjects such as bullying, internet safety as well as discussion with parents on various subjects. He attends sporting and other events and works on various program development programs.
RESERVE OFFICER UNIT
The reserve unit of the Sturgis Police Department is a group
of volunteer police officers who aid and support the regular
officers. The reserves are available for sporting events, parades,
civil disturbances, natural disasters, and as a supplement to
our regular officers. Reserve officers often serve as a partner
for regular officers during busier times. Reserve officers must
already be certified as a previous regular officer or complete
a 40 hours reserve officer training program.
IN POLICING (V.I.P'S)
Sturgis Police currently have four officers trained as
Meth Technicians. These officers work with other State
and local officers in the county to deal with both active
meth labs and meth dump sites as an initial investigative
and clean up response team.
Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS), was a key component of
President Bush's Citizen Corps initiative created following
September 11th to help make our communities safer and stronger.
Sturgis VIPS were created in 2004 and work regularly to assist
both the Sturgis Police Department and the Sturgis Community
Development Department in a variety of roles and programs. VIP's
are actively involved assisting with security at sporting and
other events as well as weekend security in the downtown business
area. They are also activity involved in child safety seat inspections,
bicycle rodeos and a number of other areas. Some assist with
duties on station that free up officers who would otherwise
have to perform them, including subpoena service and fingerprinting.
The group is overseen by a volunteer coordinator and a patrol
officer assists as a liaison officer. In 2009 volunteers were
trained on stationary radar to conduct a Speed Monitoring Program.