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Michigan State Police add a dozen police dogs to their force

Michigan State Police add a dozen police dogs to their force

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- A dozen new German shepherds are now working to keep Michigan communities safe.

The dogs graduated from the Michigan State Police 2013 Basic Canine School last week.    Four of the teams will replace police dogs that have retired; the remaining eight teams are in addition to current force numbers. The MSP Rockford Post will be getting Shep and his handler, Trooper Michael Bush.

This graduating class brings the total number of MSP canine teams to 49—a historic high for the department. Each police dog is trained in tracking suspects, detecting drugs and explosives, searching buildings, areas and property, as well as obedience.  The 14-week program also includes more than 100 hours of instruction for handlers. 

Rockford Police warn you need to watch your belongings

Rockford Police warn you need to watch your belongings

If you leave your valuables in your car unattended, you could be at risk for thieves.

On Monday, three cars were broken into and the owners lost their purses.

A message from the Rockford Department of Public Safety says "These break ins appear to be part of widespread gang activity across the State of Michigan where cars are targeted after seeing women enter parks or athletic facilities without their purses."

If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately by calling 616-866-9557.

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Rockford Public Safety issues warning after series of break-ins

Rockford Public Safety issues warning after series of break-ins

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  Rockford Public Safety officers want to remind residents to lock up unattended vehicle, after another series of break-ins.

Officers say they’ve recently responded to several reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles during nighttime hours.

To help prevent thefts, vehicle owners are also advised to remove or hide all valuables before leaving their vehicle unattended.  If you see any suspicious activity, contact the Rockford Public Safety Department at (616) 866-9557.

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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Sheriff's Department handing out kits to bring missing children home

Sheriff's Department handing out kits to bring missing children home

According to the FBI, 800,000 children in the U.S. go missing every year.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is teaming up with the FBI to lower that number, by providing at-home child identification kits.

The kits contain an inkless fingerprint kit, DNA collection swab as well as other emergency information. Starting at 11 a.m.

Michigan State Police name new community service trooper

Michigan State Police name new community service trooper

ROCKFORD, Mich.—The Rockford area has a new community service trooper.

The Michigan State Police selected Trooper Martin Miller to take over the position.  Miller is expected to focus on educating the community on bullying, inappropriate text messages and other emerging trends.  He’ll also provide youth mentoring curriculum for schools, evaluate the impact of policing programs on the community, attend community meetings and educate residents on crimes including elder abuse, ID theft and Internet crimes.

Trooper Miller can be reached at (616) 866-4411.