The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety combines law enforcement and fire services into a unified organization with a goal of providing the highest level of professional public service to our community. Our diverse team of more than 250 employees uses modern technology and comprehensive training, continually striving to meet the challenges of the future.

We are responsible for meeting the needs of a diverse community, and we recognize the value of diversity within our own ranks as absolutely essential to carry out our roles as public servants.

Our officers have opportunities to train in a wide variety of specialties. Officers aspiring toward promotional opportunities may progress upward into the supervisory ranks or specialized technical positions. Officers may serve as Criminal Investigators, Crime Lab Technicians, Neighborhood Liaison Officers, K-9 Handlers, and Drug Enforcement Investigators. Officers also have the opportunity to serve in special units, in addition to their primary assignments, such as the Honor Guard, Bomb Squad, and Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

At KDPS, we are committed to a Community Public Safety service delivery model. Community involvement is a primary organizational goal. This approach strengthens the relationship between our officers and the people we serve, improves our working environment, and allows us to better serve our community.


In partnership with the community, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all by providing professional police, fire and EMS service to the residents and visitors of Kalamazoo.


As leaders in public safety, KDPS strives to be a dedicated and diverse team of professionals who are committed to partnering with the community to ensure the City of Kalamazoo will be a safe and desirable place to live, work and visit.


Integrity – Dedication – Excellence – Efficiency – Accountability – Compassion


You can read a detailed timeline of KDPS' history here