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Sheriff Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kent County Sheriff's Office is to preserve and protect the safety and security of the residents of Kent County and to provide for a safe and secure correctional facility.

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The Kent County Sheriff's Department provides general law enforcement and corrections operations to the community.

The Sheriff's law enforcement responsibility is both criminal and civil enforcement, which includes the detection of activity as well as the investigation of reported incidents. This is accomplished with the enforcement division. In addition, the Sheriff maintains a communication center to facilitate emergency call answering for the county. This, along with maintaining minimum training standards, is accomplished within the communications and technology division. Finally, the jail is maintained by the Sheriff and provision must be made for a secure and constitutionally correct facility. This is managed by the corrections division, which also includes a court security unit.

The Sheriff's department maintains its own training center for its approximately 550 employees. The training center includes an indoor shooting range, a mock intake vestibule, a mock jail cell, and computerized training systems.

Strategic Goals

  • Continue to control the cost of providing service at the jail
  • Monitor and provide for contractual law enforcement responsibilities
  • Continue to provide alternative means to report criminal incidents such as on-line or telephone reporting
  • Develop statistical reporting with partner townships

Operational Goals

  • Provide high visibility police patrol and law enforcement through investigation of criminal, civil, and traffic matters
  • Maintain the highest level of professionalism and service to the community
  • Ensure the safety and security of the community by operating a correctional facility that is governed by applicable State and Federal laws

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »

Contact Us

Sheriff Department


701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-6100

(616) 632-6122

Lawrence A. Stelma

Lawrence A. Stelma

Michelle Young
Under Sheriff

Kevin Kelley
Chief Deputy-Law Enforcement

Chuck Dewitt
Chief Deputy-Corrections

Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6400

Inmate Information
(616) 632-6300

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