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2015 Citizen’s Police
County Sheriff Dale R. Gribler is pleased to announce that applications
are now being accepted for the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office and the
Van Buren County Police Chief’s Association 2015 Citizen’s Police
Academy. This is the 18th annual Citizen’s Police Academy, which is held
for a period of eleven weeks. The academy will begin on Wednesday,
January 14, 2015.
The goal of the Citizen’s
Academy is to promote a positive relationship between the Sheriff’s
Office and local police agencies with the communities they serve. The
academy instructors will foster a clearer understanding of a police
officer’s duties, how the officer carries out those duties, and the
results of the officer’s actions. The courses are designed to give our
community members a look into the work of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s
Office, and the field of law enforcement in general.
these times of smaller resources it is imperative local law enforcement
work towards building strong community ties,”
said Sheriff Dale R. Gribler. “The
Van Buren Citizen’s Police Academy allows us to strengthen local law
enforcement and the community bond”.
A diverse selection of course topics will
be covered in the eleven-week academy. Instructors will describe the
functions of their position and will be available to field any questions
that arise from their instruction. Some of the courses involve
demonstrations and exercises, where participation is voluntary. Courses
offered will include:
Police K-9 Unit
Use of Force & Officer Safety
DRE (Drug Recognition Expert)
Investigations (Emergency Service’s Unit; Narcotics
Crime Scene-Criminal investigations
Medical Examiner’s Office
Community & Law Enforcement (Victim Services, Mounted Division,
Neighborhood Watch; Reserve Division)
Legal Issues (Prosecutor; Parole-Probation)
Special Topics (FBI; Office of Community Corrections; Domestic
Special Units (Elder Abuse; Marine Patrol; Dive/Underwater Recovery)
Patrol- Drunk Driving Enforcement
Honor Guard Unit
The Citizen Academy will meet once a week for eleven weeks. These
meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 9pm in the lower
level of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office located at 205 S.
Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw, MI.
To be eligible to participate in the Citizen’s Academy, you must:
A resident of Van
Buren County or,
A property owner in
Van Buren County or,
A business owner in
Van Buren County
18 years of age or
For further information regarding participation in the Citizen’s Police
Academy, please visit
on the link for the Citizen’s Academy, complete and submit the
There is no cost for the class. Deadline for applications is January 9,
2015. A maximum of 25 participants will be accepted.
training starts Sept. 26th
Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for Van Buren County residents
will begin Sept. 26th at the Van Buren ISD conference center in
Sessions will be on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m.,
concluding with a simulated disaster exercise and graduation on Nov. 21st.
CERT training helps prepare people ages 18 and
older to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a
disaster, classes and equipment are free.
Pre-registration is required with applications
and more information available online from the Sheriff’s Office web site.
click on CERT.
Enforcement of Boating Under The Influence
Laws To Be Stepped Up This Weekend
"Operation Dry Water"
Part of Nationwide Effort
Paw Paw, MI (June 22, 2011) -- Recreational boaters may want to
think twice before reaching for that cold beer this weekend (June 24-26,
2011). Marine law enforcement officers, as part of a national
coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement known as Operation Dry Water,
will be out in force looking for boat operators whose Blood Alcohol Content
exceeds the state limit of .10%. Operation Dry Water will include
increased patrols & breathalyzer tests as well as boater education.
"We want people to be
safe and have fun while recreational boating," commented Sheriff Dale R.
Gribler. "But alcohol use has become the leading contributing factor in
fatal recreational boating accidents. We recommend that boaters avoid
drinking alcoholic beverages at all times, and we will have zero tolerance for
anyone found operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs on our
Alcohol can impair a
boater's judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. It can increase
fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion. Sun,
wind, noise, vibration and motion - "stressors" common to the boating
environment - intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some
prescription medications. United States Coast Guard statistics revealed
in 2009 that 16% of all boating fatalities were a result of alcohol use.
Impaired boaters caught
this weekend can expect penalties to be severe. In Michigan they include
93 days in jail and/or $100 - $500 and/or 45 days community service, court may
suspend privilege to operate a vessel for 1 year to indefinite and/or costs of
"There will be arrests
this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the
influence," add Sheriff Dale R. Gribler. "But we'd much rather arrest
someone than to have to tell their friends and family they're never coming
Operation Dry Water is
a joint program of Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, the National Association
of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and other
County Sheriff's Offices throughout Michigan. More information is
Sgt. Chad Jahr
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
205 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-3101 Ext. 3995
Fax: (269) 657-7207
here to send an email.
National Safe Boating Week kicks off the
summer’s boating season with the
Be a Survivor: Wear It!
the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division will be working in close
partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Michigan Conservation Officers
and the Marine Divisions from adjacent counties to promote recreational
key to safe recreational boating is for boaters to wear their life jackets,
pay attention to hazardous situations, and avoid the use of drugs and alcohol
said Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler. In 2010 the Marine Division
policed 8 boating accidents. The Marine Division had 1,426 total patrol
hours with 4,034 contacts, 1,682 verbal warnings and 164 tickets issued for
safety violations. Eight subjects were arrested by the Marine Division
in 2010 for Boating While Intoxicated. Along with patrolling the waters
of Van Buren County the Marine Division also teaches boating safety classes
free of charge. In 2010 the Marine Division taught 13 classes certifying
327 students. Please contact us if you would like more information on
attending a boater’s safety class.
Sponsored by the National Safe Boating Campaign,
National Safe Boating Week begins
Saturday, May 21, 2011 and continues until Friday, May
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Marine Division personnel
will be stressing the message,
emphasizes life jacket use as the best way to survive boating accidents and
avoid drowning. The old-fashioned, bulky orange life jacket most people
are used to has been replaced with innovative new options including the new
inflatable styles. Life jackets are available in a wide variety of compact,
lightweight and attractive styles suitable for constant wear. In 2008 of
the 709 recreational boating fatalities, over 89% of those victims were not
wearing their life jackets according to US Coast Guard statistics. The
National Safe Boating Campaign hopes to reverse this national trend by
educating boaters on the safety equipment that is essential to increasing
survival rates during unforeseen incidents.
For more information please contact the Van Buren
County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division or visit the National Safe Boating
Campaign’s website at:
Contact Person: Sgt. Chad Jahr (269) 657-3101 Ext. 3995 or click
here to send an email.
All Hazards Evacuation
January 18, 2011
Starting in mid-January, residents living in Van Buren, Allegan, and Berrien
counties may be contacted by telephone to participate in an important
all-hazards evacuation planning survey. The purpose of the survey is to
gather data to be used by the three counties and the state of Michigan to
improve evacuation plans for both man-made and natural disasters.
The telephone survey is being conducted by First Market
Research, based in Boston, Mass. All calls will be conducted during
weekdays between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. On weekends, calls will be made
between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The actual survey will take approximately 10
minutes to complete with the head of the household or spouse.
No personal questions will be asked in the survey.
Survey questions seek information data such as “How long does it take to you
drive from work to home?” and “How many vehicles that are usually available to
the household would your family use if an evacuation was necessary?”
The survey results will provide emergency management
departments in Allegan, Berrien and Van Buren counties, as well as the state
of Michigan, with a better estimate of the number of people evacuating in a
given area, the number of vehicles used to evacuate, and the amount of time
needed to prepare for evacuation.
The collected survey data will also be used in a
traffic engineering study to identify roadways and areas with significant
traffic congestion during evacuation and to identify methods to reduce the
travel delay caused by traffic congestion.
Additional information regarding the telephone survey
and planning for emergencies can be obtained from the Emergency Management
offices in Allegan, Berrien and Van Buren counties and the state of Michigan.
If you have any questions concerning this survey for
persons living in Van Buren County, please contact the Office of Domestic
Preparedness at 269-657-7786.
Lt. Alain E. Svilpe
Van Buren County Office of Domestic Preparedness
Richard "Dick" E. Stump
father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully Friday
evening, September 24, 2010 at his home. Dick was born April 21, 1925 in
New Paris, IN, the son of the late Orb E.
and Neva A. (Jones) Stump.
He graduated from New Paris High School class of 1943
and served in the U.S Navy during World War II from April 20, 1943 to
May 20, 1946. He was a graduate of the Michigan State Police Academy
class of 1954. He joined the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department and
served as under sheriff until 1963 before becoming Sheriff of Van Buren
County from 1963 to 1980. He was a life member and founder of the Van
Buren Sheriff's Posse (Mounted Division) for 47 years, life member of
the Decatur Masonic Lodge, life member of the Shrine Club of Kalamazoo
and the Desert Sheiks of Kalamazoo; member of the American Legion Post #
68, Paw Paw, F.O.P. Lodge # 136, member and past president Michigan
Sheriff's Association, and past member of the Decatur Fire Department.
On April 12, 1952 in Decatur, Dick was united in marriage to Mary M.
Southworth who survives. Also surviving are a son, Bryan (Diana) Stump
of Paw Paw; daughter, Carla (Brian) Ciesa of Portage; grandchildren,
Alison Ciesa, Brigitte (Stump) (James) Vegter and Brittany Stump; great
grandson, Gavin Richard Vegter; brother, Louis (Mary) Stump of New
Paris, IN; sister-in-law, Clarice Stump of Lakeland, FL; several nieces
He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Stump.
Family will receive friends, Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Adams
Funeral Home, Paw Paw where funeral services will be held Wednesday 11
a.m. with Rev. Fr. Robert F. Creagan and James Abshagen officiating.
Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan or the Kalamazoo Shrine Club.
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Please be advised of
the following arrangements for Sheriff Richard Stump (ret) are as
Visitation – Tuesday 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm
Service - Wednesday 11am
Both visitation and
the service will be held at the Adams Funeral Home, 502 W.
Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw. There will be no procession and a luncheon
will be served at the Paw Paw Lions Club immediately after the
Uniform personnel are
to wear their mourning cover over their badge effective with today’s
afternoon shifts, or before, and shall continue to wear the badge
cover until Wednesday evening. We will have reserve seating for
Sheriff’s Office personnel at the funeral home on Wednesday which will
include both sworn and volunteer staff.
Per the family wishes
all donations could be made to either the Van Buren County Sheriff’s
Office Mounted Division or to Hospice.
Again, please keep
the Stump family in your thoughts and prayers.
Dale R. Gribler,
Sheriff, Van Buren County, 205 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw, Michigan
49079, (269) 657-2006,