POLICE DEPARTMENT


DEPARTMENT CONTACTS
Geoff Smith
Director of Public Safety
Phone: (269) 659-7273
gsmith@sturgismi.gov

Ryan Banaszak
Deputy Chief
Phone: (269) 659-3231
Fax: (269) 659-7293
rbanaszak@sturgismi.gov

David Males
Detective
Phone: (269) 659-7252
Fax: (269) 659-7293
dmales@sturgismi.gov

Rick Sweitzer
Code Enforcement
Phone: (269) 659-7264
rsweitzer@sturgismi.gov

General Information
Phone: (269) 651-3231
Sturgis Police Department
122 N. Nottawa
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

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Programs

PROBST JUNIOR FISHING DERBY
Sturgis officers join officers from across the county each summer to volunteer to spent a day with youth from around the county for a one day fishing derby at Camp Fort Hill. Youth are recommended by area schools or the Department of Human Services. The program was originally started by Sturgis barber Bob Probst several years ago and the tradition is carried on by the late Bob Probst’s family who provide a picnic lunch for the outing. The program gives kids an opportunity to interact with area police officers as well as have fun fishing and swimming for a day.

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BIKE RODEO
Members of the Sturgis Volunteers in Police Services (V.I.P.s) facilitate several Bike Rodeo and Helmet give-a-way events throughout the year.  Volunteers have received training  to put on this program and team up with the Sturgis Lions Club to provide helmets for area youth.

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PROJECT BRITTNEY
‘Project Brittney’ was introduced in 2011 to provide FREE child digital fingerprinting in Sturgis as well as to any other departments wishing to run the program across the county. The program was named after Brittney Beers who disappeared in 1997 and has never been located. Hundreds of kids across the county are printed due to this program each year.

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
“Sturgis hosted the 2014 National Night Out event for St. Joseph Co in August of 2014 at Sturgis High School. Our theme and goal once again was “BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES, NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES”. Organizations from across the county were on hand to promote various organizations, camps, sports and hobbies in addition to county emergency services.

Several hundred people were on hand for a wide variety of activities such as a climbing wall, representatives from the alligator sanctuary with friends.

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S.H.A.R.P. RAPE PREVENTION
Officers and volunteers who are certified instructors in S.H.A.R.P. (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention) annually offer the Rape Prevention Program to area high school students as well as special requests for businesses. The system is a comprehensive hands-on course designed expressly for women, that begins with awareness and risk reduction and progresses to hands-on self-defense training. It is a realistic self-defense program to provide women with knowledge and practical skills they need to make an educated decision about resistance.

SAFETY TOWN
Safety Town was completed at Wall School and hosted their open house as well as first graduating classes of pre-schoolers this year. Students are taught about bike safety, traffic and school bus safety, fire and electrical hazards, including a visit to the on-site Fire Dept. Smoke House. The project was funded by local businesses, the Sturgis Community Foundation, the Newell A. and Grace A. Franks Fund, the Sturgis Youth Advisory Council and the United Way. Final touchups and elements of Safety Town are still being completed as we finish out the summer.

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PROJECT 'ROAD SIGNS'

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