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KDPS Blog

  • Homecrest Avenue House Fire

    huberm in KDPS News on Mar 01, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, at 5:13 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 1600 block of Homecrest Avenue.  Upon arrival Public Safety officers located a fire in the basement of the residence. Officers made an initial interior attack, however were forced to withdraw after encountering heavy fire conditions and compromised structural integrity of the floor. Public Safety officers switch to exterior fire suppression operations for the remainder of the fire.   The resident who was home at the time of the fire was transported to Bronson Hospital for smoke inhalation and is listed in serious but stable condition. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Kalamazoo Township Fire Marshal.

     

    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: February 28th,2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, 337-8142

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Man Critically Injured in Car vs. Pedestrian Accident

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Feb 27, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to a car vs. pedestrian accident last night at 7:19pm on W. Crosstown Pkwy. west of Portage St.  Officers discovered a 56 year old Kalamazoo man had been struck by a westbound vehicle.

     

    The driver of the vehicle is a 56 year old female from Kalamazoo.  Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors of the driver of the vehicle.  The investigation into the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

     

    The victim suffered multiple fractures from the accident, he is currently listed in critical condition at Bronson Hospital.

     

    Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

    By authority of: 

     

    Executive Lieutenant David O’Strander

     

     

     

    Date: 03-03-2015

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

     

     

     

  • Public Safety Officers Investigate Home Invasion and Sexual Assault

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Feb 27, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI.  Public Safety Officers were sent to the 1600 block of Reed St. on February 25th at 3:03am on a report of a home invasion and gunshots being fired.  During the initial investigation, officers determined that an unknown suspect had gained entry into the home and displayed a handgun to the resident. 

     

    The resident, a 14 year old female, reported that the suspect entered the home and gathered property to be taken.  The suspect sexually assaulted the juvenile and fled after another resident arrived at the home.  The suspect confronted this second resident and robbed him at gunpoint as well.  The suspect left walking westbound on Reed St. at which point the suspect fired two gunshots at the ground while walking down the street.

     

    There were no visible injuries to either victim.  The juvenile was taken to the YWCA for an examination.  The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’8” to 6’0” tall, 200-230 lbs. He has corn rolls or braids in his hair and has 2 or 3 tear drop tattoos near his left eye.  He was wearing a black baseball cap, blue hoodie under a black coat and blue jeans.

     

    Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

    Lt. David O'Strander

     

     

     

    Date: 02-27-2015

     

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

     

     

     

  • Two arrested on Meth charges

    misnerb in KDPS News on Feb 21, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI:

     

    On 02.21.15 at approximately 8:30 am Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were working off information they had received regarding a subject’s involvement in methamphetamine.  Officer Gates observed a vehicle being driven by the suspect, in the 3700 block of Vanrick Dr.  Officer Gates conducted a traffic stop just a few blocks away from where he initially observed the vehicle. 

     

    Officers located the methamphetamine components within the vehicle.  While Officers were conducting their investigators, Sgt. Lisa Moore secured a motel room for a possible search warrant application.  While waiting for the traffic stop investigation to be completed, another vehicle pulled into the same area officers had been watching.  Sgt. Moore made contact with the driver, finding he was in possession of methamphetamine, packaging material and a digital scale, all items used for the sale of controlled substances.

     

    Officers continued their investigation inside a motel room where the first suspect had been staying. After obtaining consent, additional methamphetamine components, methamphetamine, and marijuana were found.

     

    The suspects were identified as Male Kalamazoo Residents, both in their late 20’s.  Both were lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.  One subject was lodged for the charge of Operating and Maintaining a Meth Lab, and the other lodged for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine.


    Public Safety is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994, the Criminal Investigation Division at 337-8139, or Silent Observer at 343-2100. 

     

     

    Authority of Lt. Brad Misner

     

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    Date:  February 21, 2015       

     

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

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division, (269) 337-8139

     

     

  • Arson Arrest

    handlogtenl in KDPS Blog on Feb 19, 2015
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    Arson Arrest

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at approximately 4:45 P.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to 3307 S. Westnedge Avenue regarding reports of smoke and flames coming from the rear of the business known as Hollywood Nights.  Upon arrival the business was found to be fully involved in fire and is a total loss.

    An alert citizen in the area was able to provide the description of a person fleeing the area in a vehicle.  A short time later a second citizen observed a suspicious subject trying to dispose of an axe in a dumpster in Comstock.  The subject was driving a vehicle similar to the one described by the first witness. 

    A deputy from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department observed the suspect vehicle leaving Merrill Park in Comstock.  The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and it fled.  The pursuit ended at the intersection of Riverview and Hotop in the City of Kalamazoo when the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a snow bank.  The suspect was arrested without further incident.

    The suspect is a 41 year old Kalamazoo County Resident.  He has been arrested for arson and is being held at the Kalamazoo County Jail awaiting arraignment.  At this time there is no known connection between the suspect and the business or its owners.

    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:  February 18, 2015 

     

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

     

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

  • KDPS Progress 2015

    huberm in KDPS Blog on Feb 14, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: “On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force seeks to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust and examine, among other issues, how to foster strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect”.  

    The Task Force structured the work underneath 6 core areas of focus with experts in the field providing testimony, written statements and opinions on where policing should move prospectively. The core areas are as follows:

    ·        Building Trust and Legitimacy

    ·        Policy and Oversight

    ·        Technology and Social Media

    ·        Community Policing and Crime Reduction

    ·        Training and Education

    ·        Officer Safety and Wellness

    Using the framework of the President’s 21st Century Task Force on Policing as a way to categorize and convey the work the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has been engaged in since our Traffic Stop Analysis in September 2013, it is my hope that the community appreciates the intention and honest analysis of ourselves, the critical thinking involved, the foresight and the genuine effort put forth by the men and women of Public Safety!

    Building Trust and Legitimacy:

    An intentional focus on our relationship with the Kalamazoo Community has been at the heart of our approach. Since March of 2014 we have been canvassing Kalamazoo neighborhoods, knocking on doors and engaging residents as a way to understand from them how we are doing and what we can do better. This allows for a genuine dialogue between officers and residents in a relaxed atmosphere. These interactions bring a “human” element to the relationship that impacts the citizen as well as their Public Safety Officer. 

    Internally we recognize, support and reward positive community engagement and service as much as we reward excellence in traditional police work. The number of arrests, citations and traffic stops use to be the standard measuring stick in Law Enforcement and KDPS was no different. We are changing the lens in which we view “good police work” and are setting a new definition!    

    We partner with many people and organizations in this community creating engagement opportunities for our citizens and officers. From fun events like block parties and “coffee with a cop” to more serious endeavors such as participating in many forums on police/community relations where the topics of police use of force, race relations and police reform are discussed. Whatever the tenor or mood of the experience is we are intent on the engagement as a sincere effort to listen, understand and be understood!

    Policy and Oversight:

    We developed and implemented a “consent to search” policy which gives officers specific guidelines to follow when asking for consent to search. This was a direct recommendation from the Traffic Stop Analysis study and was developed in collaboration with the Milwaukee Police Department and Austin Texas Police Department respectively.

    We have repopulated the Citizen’s Public Safety Review and Appeals Board with a cross section of our community. It is our intent to utilize this board outside their normal scope of hearing appeals to serving as a sounding board for Public Safety relative to community relations, policy and problem solving.

    Technology and Social Media:

    We are in the midst of our Body Camera Pilot program where we have tested numerous Body Camera products. There is a wide range of issues involving their implementation that must be considered ranging from costs, data storage, policy development, FOIA implications, and immediate and on-going funding. With that said we are approaching all these dynamics methodically and responsibly so when the time comes for implementation we have done our due diligence and the program is set up for success.

    Honestly we do a poor job of integrating the value of Social Media into our operations and must explore through budget and practice the best way to move forward. Our aspiration is to have a full time Public Information Officer that serves as a liaison with the media, will develop a social media presence, and help develop both internal and external communication strategies.

    Community Policing and Crime Reduction:

    Building upon our focus on the relationship with the community we have moved to being much less random in our approach to crime reduction. We focus on the individuals we know are committing crime or have a high propensity for violent behavior. We meet weekly to discuss “Hot People” not “Hot Spots” and focus on those individuals causing harm to our neighborhoods not the whole neighborhood themselves.

    In congruence with that philosophy recently 15 people from the Kalamazoo Community traveled to John Jay College in New York for training on the Implementation of a Group Violence Intervention Model or what has been commonly known as “Operation Ceasefire”. This training was facilitated by David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  This is a promising and compelling approach to reducing violence in our community at the same time maintaining community trust. We look forward to its implementation in collaboration with the community and hope we get the necessary support for its success.

    While crime rate data can be impersonal it is one measure for a community to consider. With that said in 2014 the City of Kalamazoo had a 6% reduction in overall Part I crimes and a 30% reduction in the last 6 years.

    In addition the Criminal Investigations Division clearance rate on Homicides over the last 8-10 years is above 95% which for an urban city puts us 30% above the national average. This is remarkable and a testament to the dedication, pride and commitment of those investigators.

     

    Training and Education:

    Much work has been done in the training of our men and women of Public Safety. I believe the most significant and timely training is the “Fair and Impartial Policing” curriculum that our entire department has been through. The FIP training specifically addresses human bias in the context of policing. We now have four officers who are certified to facilitate this curriculum and just began training other agencies in Southwest Michigan.

    In the fall of 2013 the entire department received training from the Vistelar group on verbal defense and influence as a way to continually look at and evaluate how we interact and communicate with our community.  

    Since 2008 KDPS, KCSO, KTPD and Portage Public Safety have been receiving on- going Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) that teaches de-escalation techniques and emphasizes referrals to services as opposed to incarceration for mental health consumers. In 2015, in partnership with Community Mental Health KDPS has committed a staff member to be the (CIT) coordinator so we can further advance the model and program.    

    In 2015 we will develop and facilitate “Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice” training for the entire department. This training is replicated and modeled off of training developed between the Chicago Police Department and Yale University. In 2014 members of KDPS, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, Mayor Hopewell, City Manager Jim Ritsema, and other community stakeholders traveled to Chicago to be exposed to and trained on this curriculum.

    Officer Safety and Wellness:

    The Police Legitimacy Training, the Crisis Intervention Training and the Verbal Defense and Influence Training all have significant components relative to officer safety. In crisis and emotionally tense situations the more we can de-escalate, gain compliance through words, and solve the circumstance without the use of any force the safer our officers and the community is. However, let me be clear these trainings do not replace or obviate the right and obligation of our officers to protect you or themselves from an immediate threat to their life and yours. Everyone deserves to go home safe including the men and women protecting this community every day!   

    KDPS has a Chaplain Program and a Family Support Network that is available to our officers in time of need. I believe we take great pride in being there for our officers whatever the challenge they may be facing.

    I tried to hi-lite the most significant pieces of our efforts and by no means is this meant to be all inclusive, but I believe it captures a significant body of work and a clear trajectory of progress.  

    I want to thank the community for their support and pushing us to be the best we can be. Your questions, perspectives, and participation in your Public Safety Department is welcomed and appreciated.

    I want to acknowledge the hard work of the men and women of Public Safety. As we have moved forward over the last few years they have steadfastly and honorably served this community and lace their boots up every day with a clear intention of being the best they can be.

    As the Presidential Task Force submits its recommendations to the President by March 2, 2015 we should be braced to receive those recommendations, evaluate them in terms of what we can reasonably accomplish independently, which ones would require other partners, resources and discussion, and which ones may be out of our ability and scope. The community is a critical piece of this process and should lend itself to the analysis, discussion and manner in which we move forward prospectively.

    Professionally and Sincerely,

    Chief Jeffrey M. Hadley

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Suspect in Custody After Setting Woman on Fire

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Feb 13, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Friday, February 13, 2015 at approximately 2:15 am, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety received a 911 call indicating that an ambulance was needed for a female victim who had been burned at a residence located in the 900 block of Douglas.  Dispatchers worked to obtain additional information from the caller which indicated that the female had been intentionally set on fire by a male suspect.  The suspect had fled on foot and the suspect description was broadcast to all officers responding to the scene.  The suspect was located by PSO John Vandenberg in the 700 block of Mabel Street where he was arrested.

     

    The investigation determined that the suspect and victim reside together and that they had been involved in an argument and physical altercation throughout the evening.  During the altercation, the suspect doused the victim in rubbing alcohol and then set her afire.  The 44-year-old victim was able to extinguish the fire herself by removing her shirt but not before suffering burns to her upper torso, face and singed hair.  She was taken to a local hospital by LIFE ambulance where she is listed in stable condition.

     

    The suspect, a 52-year-old male, was arrested for Assault with Intent to Murder and lodged at KCSD.   The Criminal Investigation Division is still investigating this incident.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100. 

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Jeff VanderWiere

     

    Date:  February 13, 2015

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain Vic Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division, (269) 337-8139 

     

  • Deceased Woman Identified from Southside Apartment

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jan 23, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  The woman found dead in an apartment on Mills St. last night has been positively identified as Jessica Hart, age 36 of Kalamazoo. 

     

    Kalamazoo Public Safety extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Hart.

     

    Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of: 

    Executive Lieutenant David O’Strander

     

     

    Date: 01-23-2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

  • Woman Found Dead in Southside Apartment

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jan 23, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to the 1300 block of Mills St. on January 22nd at 9:21pm on a report of woman dead on a couch in the living room.  Officers discovered the unidentified female had died well before their arrival.

     

    Detectives are currently working to positively identify the deceased woman and make family notifications.  The cause of death is currently under investigation, foul play is not suspected at this time.

     

    Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of:  

     

    Executive Lieutenant David O’Strander

     

    Date: 01-23-2015

     

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

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139      

  • Suspect Arrested After Robbing Downtown Jewelry Store

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jan 06, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to Nord Jewelers at 227 W. Michigan Ave. yesterday at 1:52pm after an employee reported a man stole a Rolex watch from the store.  The suspect portrayed himself as a customer, asked to see an expensive Rolex watch and fled the store with it on foot.  An employee gave chase to the suspect, at which point the suspect indicated he had a gun on his person.

     

    The employee obtained a vehicle description and plate number of the suspect vehicle.  Det. Cory Ghiringhelli located the vehicle as it was getting onto I-94 east.  Det. Ghiringhelli followed the vehicle into Battle Creek when deputies from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Dept. and Battle Creek Police were able to stop the vehicle on Beckley Ave.

     

    The suspect, a 24 year old from the Detroit area, is currently lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail for Armed Robbery and is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.  The stolen watch was recovered on the suspect’s person.  No weapon was located. 

     

    Anyone with information on this robbery is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of:  

    Executive Lieutenant David O’Strander

     

    Date: 01-06-2015

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139        

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