News regarding events and accomplishments of our members will appear below.
September 17, 2019 -
Sheriff Patrick Whiteford announces the promotion of
Paul Belanger to Sergeant. Sgt. Belanger will be assigned as a supervisor for Road Patrol.
Sgt. Belanger has been with the Kalkaska Sheriff Office since 2012. Sgt. Belanger has worked as a Traffic
Enforcement Officer and road patrol deputy. Congratulations to Sgt. Belanger!
April 10, 2019 -
Beginning in 2017 U/S Wagner and Sgt. Griffith began testing and
evaluation of the Armor Express Traverse carrier as an alternative to the
traditional concealed body armor for patrol officers. The Armor
Express Traverse external carrier was selected for its ability to both carry
our existing body armor panels, but also for its ability to relocate
equipment from our duty belts. Several studies have shown that police
officers are succeptable to lower back injuries due to the equipment they
carry on their duty belts.
As of April 10, 2019 all patrol officers of the
Kalkaska Sheriff Office are wearing the new external body armor.
Several officers who have a history of chonic back pain have seen almost
immediate elimination of symptoms while on duty.
We would like to thank the Kalkaska Eagles 4496 for their fundraising efforts which helped off set the cost of this transition.
November 29, 2018 -
Between November 1 and December 31, you may notice uniformed personnel with beards and administrative staff wearing jeans. This is part of a fundraiser inspired by the popular "No Shave November." Kalkaska County Offices in collaboration with Kalkaska Village Offices raised funds and Jack's Sport Shop donated numerous pair of winter boots, many pair of mittens and gloves and packages of socks to help out the AMAZING students of Kalkaska Public Schools and Forest Area Community Schools. Thank you to all that donated to this cause.
May 21, 2018 -
Sheriff Patrick Whiteford announces the appointment of Sgt.
David Wagner as Kalkaska County Undersheriff. Undersheriff Wagner has been with the Kalkaska Sheriff Office
since 2002 having
been assigned as a Corrections Officer, Road Patrol Deputy, Narcotics Detective, Road Patrol Sergeant
and most recently the Central Dispatch Sergeant. Undersheriff Wagner has been a member
of the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force Emergency Response Team and is one of three firearms instructors for the department
as well as a Hunter Safety Instructor.
April 30, 2018 -
Sheriff Patrick Whiteford announces the retirement of Undersheriff
Harry Shipp after 26 years of dedicated service to the Kalkaska County
Sheriff Office and 20 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.
We wish Harry all the best with his additional time for hunting and fishing.
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.