Community Policing

Bob Mendham
County Sheriff
  • Undersheriff Chad Palmiter
    1035 E James Street, PO Box 845
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    Monday – Friday, 8am-12pm,1pm-5pm

  • (231) 689-7303
    (231) 689-7273

Deputy Phil Green currently runs the Community Policing Program within the Sheriff’s Office, along with K-9 Remi. Deputy Green and K-9 Remi have been joined by Dep. Tim Bailey and K-9 Dak and together they visit schools throughout the year and give K-9 presentations; conduct school searches, and give lectures on the Law Enforcement Profession.

Deputy Green attends drivers training courses to promote the STOPPED Program offered by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. STOPPED is a parental notification system that was developed by MSA to reduce the number of young drivers who are injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes each year. Parents can register their vehicles on-line, and if for any reason the vehicle is stopped by a Sheriff’s Deputy while a person under the age of 21 is driving, the Deputy will complete a notification card and a letter will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle with time of stop, driver name, reason for stop, and whether any citations were issued.

The Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Officer currently has four active Neighborhood Watch Communities within Newaygo County. The Neighborhood Watch Program brings neighbors together for the benefit of the area which you live

Benefits of Neighborhood Watch

  1. Deter criminal activity.
  2. Creates a greater sense of security and reduces fear of crime.
  3. Builds bonds with neighbors; people look out for one another.
  4. Reduces the risk of becoming a crime victim; it reduces the physical, financial and psychological cost of crime.
  5. Instructs residence on how to observe and report suspicious activity in your community.
  6. Creates relationships within the community and the Sheriff’s Office.
  7. The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office will assist you in organizing a Neighborhood Watch program in your area, contact Deputy Green at 231-689-7303.
  8. Deputy Green is a member of the West Michigan Crime Prevention Association of Michigan.

Muskegon River – “River Watch”

What is changing? : Law Enforcement will have increased patrols along the Muskegon River corridor. This includes additional patrol craft on the water and more officers patrolling the river corridor and access sites. Officers will be strictly enforcing laws including disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, trespassing, possession of alcohol by
minors, and littering.

If you live on the River: The Muskegon River Multi-Agency Taskforce will be distributing out blue River Watch Caution Tape to place on your property near the river. The goal is to provide a visual reference to those using the river, that they are being watched. In addition, the Taskforce will be distributing out reporting forms to assist you with
visually observing and reporting violations of the law.

Volunteer Spotters: Volunteer Spotters will be supporting the Muskegon River Multi-Agency Taskforce on a rotating schedule during the Weekends. Spotters will be positioned along the river at an assigned location to visually observe for and report violations of the law. Spotter observations will be relayed via radio to uniformed officers in the area for investigation and prosecution when applicable.