The purpose of Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) Training Division is to present a comprehensive inter-departmental network of professional, ethical and accurate training in order to maintain and enhance the knowledge and performance of the personnel working with Kalamazoo Public Safety. The Training Division also provides training services and safety education programs to both citizens and visitors to the City of Kalamazoo.
Our mission is to provide ethical training and instruction that is mandated by law, required by departmental policy, or needed by individuals to maximize their potential to provide fire, police and emergency medical services and to promote safety in the community we serve.
Primary areas of Division responsibility include the following:
In-Service Training (Police / Fire / EMS)
In 2007, the Training Division developed or coordinated 20,056 cumulative hours of in-service, academy training and outside school seminars in police, fire, and EMS. The Training Division also presented or coordinated instruction to 4418 employees in 495 topics related to our function as public safety officers. The Training Division regularly provides training to the community and outside agencies as well. In 2007, 2,442 hours of training was provided to over 600 individuals in 9 topics.
Fire Safety and Prevention
The Fire Marshal investigates reports of fire code violations and performs cause and origin investigations. Cause and origin investigations are done at fire scenes where arson is suspected or the cause of the fire cannot be determined. If the cause of the fire is arson, the Fire Marshal coordinates with CID for the follow up investigation. In 2007, the Fire Marshal's office investigated 31 structure fires.