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News regarding events and accomplishments of our members will appear below.



March 6, 2017 -

        Deputy Kyle Beaver recently completed the Drug Recognition Expert training program through the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. The program is the top tier of the OWI Enforcement Pyramid. DRE's are trained in the seven drug categories, human physiology and the signs and symptoms as they relate to the drug impaired driver. They are trained to conduct a standardized and systematic twelve step evaluation of a drug impaired driver and determine the category of drugs most likely causing that impairment.

The training consisted of three phases. Phase I and Phase II involved seventy two hours (two weeks) of classroom lecture and hands-on instruction. Phase III involved 40 hours of field training during which Deputy Beaver was required to perform evaluations on subjects known to be under the influence of drugs and or drug alcohol combinations. Phase III of the training occured at the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, Arizona.




December 19, 2016 -

        Kalkaska County Sheriff Patrick Whiteford recently completed a two-week training program designesd for newly elected sheriffs sponsored by the Michigan Sheriff's Association (MSA).  MSA CEO/Executive Director Terrance L. Jungel said, "The New Sheriffs' Leadership Institute consists of two weeks of highly intesive training.  Graduation from the school proves that Sheriff Whiteford is dedicated to protecting the citizens of Kalkaska County and the Office of Sheriff."  The topics addressed included The Role of the Sheriff, Secondary Road Patrol, Corrections, Crime Victims' Rights, Mental Health, Preparing a Budget, The Role of the Undersheriff, Media Relations, Internal Investigations and Line of Duty Death.




August 3, 2016 -

        The Public Servants for Outdoor Safety will be hosting a Hunter and Bow Safety Class on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Pre-Registration and home study from the text is required.  This course is free to all ages.  Children under 10 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.  2016 Hunter Safety Flyer




April 12, 2016 -

        The Kalkaska County Sheriff Office will be hosting an ORV/ATV Safety Class on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Anyone under the age of 16 must have an ORV Safety Certificate to operate an ORV/ATV on land open to the public. There will be a $25.00 charge for the class and all participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre Registraiton is required.




January 24, 2016 -

        Sheriff Patrick Whiteford announces the promotion of Eric Johnson and Kevin Schaub to Sergeant. Sgt's Johnson and Schaub will be assigned as supervisors for Road Patrol. Sgt. Johnson and Sgt. Schaub have been with the Kalkaska Sheriff Office for almost 20 and 15 years respectively. Sgt. Johnson has worked as a Community Policing Officer, Traffic Enforcement Officer and Narcotics Detective as well as having been a member of the NMMATF ERT. Sgt. Schaub has been a Community Policing Officer, Traffic Enforcement Officer and K-9 Handler. Congratulations to Sgt. Johnson and Sgt. Schaub!




January 4, 2016 -

        Sheriff Patrick Whiteford announces the appointment of Sgt. Harry Shipp as Kalkaska County Undersheriff. Undersheriff Shipp has been with the Kalkaska Sheriff Office for 24 years having been assigned as a Corrections Officer, Road Patrol Deputy, Corrections Sergeant, Road Patrol Sergeant and has been a member of the Kalkaska Sheriff Office Dive Team and is one of three firearms instructors for the department. Shipp also previously served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years achieving the rank of Warrant Officer.




December 29, 2015 -

        The Kalkaska Sheriff Office announces the appointment of Patrick J Whiteford as Kalkaska County Sheriff on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Whiteford was appointed by a three member panel consisting of Probate Court Judge Hon. Lynn Buday, Kalkaska County Prosecutor Michael Perreault and Kalkaska County Clerk Deborah Hill. Whiteford will serve the remainder of the original term of Sheriff David Israel, who retired on February 28, 2015. Sheriff Abraham C. DeVol was appointed as Israel's successor but passed away unexpectedly on November 28. The current term ends on December 31, 2016 pending the results of the general election in November 2016.




November 28, 2015 -

        Undersheriff Pat Whiteford regrets to announce the passing of Sheriff Abraham C DeVol on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Sheriff DeVol was appointed Sheriff on March 1, 2015 after former Sheriff David Israel retired. Sheriff DeVol started with the Kalkaska Sheriff Office in 1996 advancing through the ranks as Deputy, Sergeant, Undersheriff and Sheriff. Our deepest condolences go to the Sheriff's family.




January 7, 2015 -

        Beginning January 7, 2015 the Kalkaska Sheriff Office implemented a body mounted video camera program for all patrol officers. The body cameras are worn by all deputies while on patrol. The cameras are used for the recording of traffic stops, arrests and documentation of unusual, critical or exceptional situations.

        Beginning in October, 2014 Deputy Foerster began research, testing and evaluation of body mounted camera systems and it was determined that the VieVu LE3 best met the needs of the Sheriff Office. The cameras provide high quality audio and HD video in a user friendly, robust package.