Public Safety (Police / Fire / EMS)
Mike Olson, Director of Public Safety
Mike Olson, Director of Public Safety

Our Mission

The Emmett Township Dept. of Public Safety shall provide coordination and delivery of Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Care and support services in order to preserve, protect, and defend people and property, while respecting the rights and dignity of all persons.

The Emmett Township Dept. of Public Safety supports and practices the concepts of community policing and fire prevention. Effective community policing and fire prevention has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, injury and fire related loss while enhancing the quality of life.

Message from the Director

As a longtime resident of the Battle Creek area, I have watched the area demographics for a number of years. Over time, the area that always interested me was Emmett Township and how it was progressing, while many areas in the county were remaining constant. We all recognize Michigan is one of the states hardest hit by the downturn in the national and international economy, but it appears to be on the rebound. While I am not an economist, I think it is safe to say that our economy and the way we “do business” will not return to the way it was during our flourishing years. This required Emmett Township to change the way we provide service to the residents of our Township.

With that said, I would like to point out some of the services that we provide to make Emmett Township an attractive place to live and work. In the mid-1980s, The Police Department and the Fire Department consolidated to become a true Department of Public Safety providing police, fire and emergency medical services. What that means is when you see an officer in a patrol car; he or she is also a firefighter and a medical first responder. The training required for certification in each field is extensive and requires significant annual training to maintain these certifications.

Due to the training, reporting and associated responsibilities, the department is assigned organizationally to two lieutenants who report directly to me, as the Director of Public Safety. Lieutenant Tony Geigle is responsible for fire and emergency medical services. Lieutenant Ken Cunningham is responsible for all law enforcement operations and activities including the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and investigations. Detective/Sergeant Brady Keys is responsible for all investigations and works closely with area law enforcement investigators. The task for each of them is monumental and they perform very well.

Emmett Township has been and continues to be “ahead of the curve” when it comes to fiscal responsibility while considering the health, safety and welfare of our residents. For example, we utilize Crime Reports to identify and map the crimes that occur in the Township. In addition, we use Nixle to report “live” significant events as they happen in and around the Township. We are and will continue to be innovative as it relates to fiscal responsibility and maximizing our efforts to protect our residents and businesses.

What is Public Safety & Cross Training

All full time sworn personnel at the Emmett Township Department of Public Safety are cross-trained as law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical first responders, EMT's and some as Paramedics.

Currently, there are around one hundred totally integrated public safety departments in the United States. Without question, consolidation of police and fire services allows for the most efficient and effective delivery of public safety services to our community.

Emmett officers are trained specialist in areas such as: vehicle extrication, haz-mat, confined space, high rise and search and rescue, crime scene technicians, canine (K9), school resources, narcotics and major crimes and computer forensics just to name a few. With this additional education and training, Emmett Officers can utilize there broad range of, experience and skills to provide help and better serve the community.


It takes a special individual to perform at the level required to be a public safety officer. The caliber of employees working in the Emmett Township Department of Public Safety is among the highest you will find in the county. Their discipline, dedication, and desire generates pride for this association of such outstanding people.

 

 
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