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KDPS Blog

  • KDPS Explorers Attend National Competition

    huberm in KDPS Blog on Jul 24, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: The Kalamazoo Department of Public Explorer Post #265 is comprised of young adults, ages 14 to 21 who are interested in the law enforcement and public safety fields.  The post currently has 19 Explorers, 7 Public Safety Officer Advisors, and 1 Civilian Advisor.  The program highlights the public safety profession by providing Explorers with a wide range of experiences including ride alongs, classroom instruction, and hands-on training.  The Explorers also assist agencies around the county as civilian officers, by working at WMU sporting events, and numerous other public events throughout the city.    

     

    KDPS Explorers have participated in the annual Michigan competition for several years, competing against other posts from all over the state.  The participating Explorers have been competitive, earning the Governor’s Cup, awarded to the top team, several times.  Over the past 10 years, the Explorers won the Governor’s Cup in 2008, and had an impressive streak earning the top honor in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  The Explorers were most recently awarded 2nd place in the 2014 competition. Explorers approached the KDPS Advisors and requested an opportunity to compete in the National Competition in 2014.

     

    The KDPS Explorer post sent a team of 4 Explorers, consisting of Cheyanne Kalman, Olivia Caton, Spencer Brignall and Justin Quick, and 2 officer Advisors to the Explorer National Competition held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana from July 14-19.  There were over 2,000 Explorers representing 245 teams nationwide that were competing against one another.  There were 10 team events and several individual competitions.  Each team was randomly chosen to compete in 3 events.  The KDPS Explorers were chosen to compete in Crime Scene Search, Arrest and Search, and Officer Down (Emergency First Aid).

     

    The KDPS Explorers were awarded with a 3rd place trophy out of the 245 teams for Officer Down (Emergency First Aid).  Explorer Olivia Caton was earned an individual award, by placing 3rd overall for her participation in the handgun marksmanship competition. 

     

    The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and city leaders are extremely proud of these young adults and all of their accomplishments. 

     

     

    By authority of:  Sgt. Jeffrey Mack

     

     

     

    Date:  July 22, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Sergeant Jeffrey Mack, Lead Advisor

     

  • Shooting on Mt. Olivet St. Leaves One Man Dead

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jul 24, 2014
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    Kalamazoo:  Public Safety Officers were sent to the 3200 block of Mt. Olivet St. on a report of shots fired last night at 9:33pm.  Officers discovered that there had been at least two people shooting at each other in the area however, everyone had fled prior to officers arrival.  Minutes later, a vehicle arrived at Borgess Hospital with a victim of a gunshot wound.

     

    The victim, a 19 year old Kalamazoo County resident, was pronounced dead at Borgess Hospital.  The investigation is being handled by the Criminal Investigations Division and further details will be released as they emerge.

     

    Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100, www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

                                                                        

    By authority of:

    Lt. David O’Strander

     

  • Checkers Restaurant Robbed

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jul 23, 2014
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    Kalamazoo:  Public Safety Officers were sent to the Checkers Restaurant at 575 E. Michigan Ave. at 8:09 this morning on a report of an armed robbery.  The restaurant manager was robbed while opening the business this morning by a subject armed with a handgun.  The restaurant manager was not injured during the robbery and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

     

    The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s and about 6’3” tall, average build.  He was wearing a red over black hooded sweatshirt with white “Nike” lettering across the chest.  He was also wearing light colored pants with large cargo style pockets. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot  northbound from the business.

     

    Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100, www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

    By authority:   Lt. David O'Strander

     

    Date:   07-23-14

     

    Address:   150 E. Crosstown Pkwy.,  Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI  49001

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

  • Two Injured In Motorcycle Accident

    huberm in KDPS News on Jul 23, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, at 10:22 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an accident involving a Motorcycle and a Pickup truck at the intersection of Sprinkle Rd and the eastbound off ramp from I-94. Officers determined that the motorcycle was traveling southbound on Sprinkle road, disregarded a red traffic light and collided into the side of an eastbound Dodge Ram Pickup truck that was exiting the highway. The driver of the motorcycle and passenger were transported to Bronson Hospital by LIFE EMS and are in stable condition at his time. The driver was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash however the passenger was not. The driver was found to be at fault and cited for disregarding a traffic control device and operating a motorcycle without a cycle endorsement. Michigan State Police and a Conservation officer from Department of Natural Resources assisted with the accident scene.

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

     

    Date:  July 22nd, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8140

     

  • Shots Fired During Attempted Robbery

    huberm in KDPS Blog on Jul 21, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, July 20th, 2014, at approximately 10:46 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 1300 block of N. Burdick to meet with a victim of an attempted robbery. The victim told officers that he was approached by two males while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Interfaith Homes. The male demanded that he turn over his property which the victim refused to do. After being denied the property, the suspect produced a handgun pointing it at the victim’s face. The victim rapidly sped out of the parking lot in his vehicle as the suspect began firing multiple rounds at his vehicle. The victim was not injured in the shooting however two of the bullets struck the driver’s side of his vehicle.

     

    The suspects were described two black males in their early 20’s one wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the second wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.  

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

    Date:  July 20th, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139

  • Driver Crashes While Fleeing Scene of Shooting

    huberm in KDPS News on Jul 20, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday July 20th, 2014, at approximately 4:03 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 600 block of Florence St to a report of power outage and possible crash.   Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle that was crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Florence and Woodbury, knocking down the pole and cutting the power to the neighborhood. The driver claimed that he was being shot at as he was traveling westbound of Florence Street and was trying to flee the scene when he crashed. The driver and the four passengers were not injured. Several bullet holes were found in two cars and two houses along the street. Sixteen spent bullet casings were found on scene. The shooter(s) were on foot at the time and there is no description of the suspects.

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

     

     

    Date:  July 20th, 2014

     

     

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

     

     

    Contact:  Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139

     

  • 700 Elizabeth Shooting

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Jul 18, 2014
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    700 Elizabeth Shooting

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Thursday, July 17, 2014, at approximately 05:50 P.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to 700 Elizabeth regarding shots being fired.  Officers found that an 18 year old male suspect shot at a 21year old male victim during an argument.  The victim was not injured. 

     

    During the investigation, the suspect was spotted by officers and then fled on foot.  In an effort to evade capture, he broke into a house in the 600 block of William and hid in the basement.  The house was surrounded and the suspect’s father eventually convinced him to come out without further incident.   The suspect was arrested for two felony warrants, home invasion, and resisting and obstructing.   

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Lance Handlogten

     

     

    Date:  July 17, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139

  • Bicyclist in Serious Condition after Accident

    misnerb in KDPS News on Jul 15, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 3000 block of S. Westnedge Avenue on a report of a male that had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located the victim off the roadway where citizens were rendering aid. Witness on scene reported that the bicyclist was weaving through southbound traffic that was stopped for the red light at Whites Rd.   Unfortunately, traffic had not stopped northbound on S. Westnedge.  The male was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to make his way eastbound.  The twenty year old Kalamazoo resident was transported to Bronson Hospital and is listed in serious condition.

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Brad Misner

     

    Date:  July 15th, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8994

     

  • N. Burdick Shooting

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Jul 05, 2014
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    N. Burdick Shooting

     

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Saturday, July 5, 2014, at approximately 02:01 A.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety along with Kalamazoo Township PD, Portage Public Safety, and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of N. Burdick and Clay regarding shots fired.  A male victim was found with a gunshot wound to his leg.  The wound is not life threatening. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. There is no suspect information at this time. 

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

      

    By authority of:  Lt. Lance Handlogten

     

    Date:  July 5, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139

     

  • Douglas Shooting

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Jul 05, 2014
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    Douglas Shooting

     

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Saturday, July 5, 2014, at approximately 01:45 A.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers in the area of Douglas and Mason reported hearing numerous shots being fired.  Two female victims were found with gunshot wounds to their leg.  A third male victim arrived at the hospital a short time later with a gunshot wound to his face and leg.  Their wounds are not life threatening. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. There is no suspect information at this time. 

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

      

    By authority of:  Lt. Lance Handlogten

     

    Date:  July 5, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139

     

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