Buchanan Police Department

  • Agency: Buchanan Police Department
  • Address: 720 E. Front Street, Suite B, Buchanan, 49107 MI
  • Chief: Brian Russell (Chief of Police)

Buchanan Police Department is located at 720 E. Front Street, Suite B, Buchanan, 49107 MI. The Chief of Police of the department is Brian Russell. The Buchanan Police Department phone number is 269-695-5120.

Buchanan Police Department News

***Officer Brie's Tip of the Week*** --House Numbers-- Good Afternoon Buchanan! Happy Spring... I think? 🌨️ Today I will be talking about house numbers. Here in the City of Buchanan, we have an ordinance for the installation and maintenance of house numbers. This means you MUST have numbers clearly displayed. Ordinance reference Chapter 14, Article 1, Section 14-1 "The city commission determines that emergency personnel, such as police, fire and ambulance, are hampered in their efforts to respond to emergencies because some homeowners do not have their houses marked with visible numbers. Response time of emergency personnel could be greatly enhanced if all homes in the city were properly marked with house numbers visible to emergency crews." The ordinance states that the house numbers must be clearly visible by a person with normal or corrected 20/20 vision. The numbers should be displayed on the house where they can be seen from the road. Numbers are recommended to be reflective and 4 inches in height, but cannot be less than 3 inches in height. If your numbers are not reflective, the color of the number must contrast the background. House numbers are SUPER important! They help us find your house in an emergency situation. When I say "us" I mean police, fire, and ambulance. If there are not clearly displayed numbers, it could SIGNIFICANTLY delay the time in which emergency services arrive. If you have any questions about the ordinance on house numbers, I have copied the link below. You can also contact us at 269-695-5120 if you have any questions or concerns. Stay warm! 😎 ~Officer Brie (Link to the ordinance) https://library.municode.com/mi/buchanan_/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH14BUBURE_ARTIINGE_S14-1INMAHONU

Please help us identify the two women in these photographs involving complaint we are handling.

BUCHANAN'S ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th, 8:00 to 5:00. Dumpsters will be placed at 405 River Street Refrigerators with freon, tires and paint cannot be accepted. This service is offered to City residents at NO CHARGE. (ID's WILL be checked) For more information call the Police Department at 695-5120

REWARD: Updated: March 23, 2018, We are now offering a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect/s in this matter. We need your help to identify the individual(s) who vandalized two vehicles on 3/17/18 behind the 100 block of E. Front St. This happened between 10pm and dawn. If you know any information about this incident, please contact Buchanan City Police Department at 269-695-5120.

***Officer Brie's Tip of the Week*** 🐱--STRAY CATS--🐱 Good Morning Buchanan! There was a request for a tip about the stray cats roaming around town. Here are a few things that we can do to help prevent stray cats. 1. The Berrien County Animal Control will come out to your property, and set up humane traps to try and catch the cats. Once the cat is caught, they will come to your house to collect the animal. Their contact number is 269-927-5648. 2. If you have an outdoor cat, make sure they are spayed or neutered. For a feral / barn / or stray cat, ABC Clinic in South Bend, Indiana, will do a spay or neuter for $35. This helps keep the population down. 3. Don't feed stray cats. We all want to do the right thing, and I myself find it hard not to feed hungry animals. It's best to try and humanely catch them, and get them to a shelter so they can be adopted into a home. 4. Owning a cat is like owning a dog! Make sure it has a collar with your contact information, or have it micro-chipped just in case it gets out. 5. DO NOT poison or harm the cats in any way. If we all work together, we can help keep the population down. If you know of an organization that will perform the spay or neuter for a lesser price or free, please put it in the comments section below. Like our page on Facebook for more tips of the week! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Buchanan City Police Department, (269) 695-5120. Stay Pawsome! 🐾 ~Officer Brie

Bears from Cub Scout Pack 541 of Buchanan had a emergency preparedness class with Sgt. Burnett & Res Ofc. Cahill. We talked about natural disasters and home emergencies. Great job pack!

The tan boxer was taken to the vet and the owner was located. Thank you all for sharing!

***Officer Brie’s Tip of the Week*** --Door to Door Scams— Good Morning Buchanan! Today I will be talking about door to door scams. These scams have been recently reported happening in the county, so I thought I would go over a few tips to keep everyone safe at home. When I say door to door scams, I mean the scammers that actually come to your door, and ask if you want to buy something, have them do some type of work for you, or they are posing as an employee that is associated with a company such as natural gas, cable, or electric. Here are a few tips to live by when dealing with these situations. 1. Always go with your gut! If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. 2. Here in the City of Buchanan, we have an ordinance that helps protect against solicitors that do not have a permit from the city to go door to door. 3. These scammers will try to get you out of the house so their partner can go inside and look for valuables. Don’t let them inside, and never step outside your house to speak with them (Even if it is one person!). 4. Talk to them through a window if you do not want to answer the door. 5. If someone is offering contract work, make sure they have a license to do so. 6. NEVER say you live alone. 7. If you are happy with the service that you are currently provided, simply tell them you are not interested. (They will try to talk you into anything!) 8. Call the police if you are not comfortable answering the door. 9. Take a photograph of the person or their vehicle if you can SAFELY do so. 10. Don’t hesitate to contact us, we are here to keep the community safe! Keep in mind that scammers are always trying to find new ways to steal from people, so stay alert for suspicious subjects going door to door. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (269) 695-5120 and if there is an emergency, please dial 911. Stay safe! ~Officer Brie

FLOODING UPDATE FROM I&M AND STATUS OF HYDRO DAMS FLOODING EVENT UPDATE: 11 a.m. 02-22-2018 Heavy rain combined with snow melt brought the St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan and north-central Indiana to record levels, producing flooding that required some customers to be disconnected and affecting the six hydro-electric dams I&M operates on the river. I&M is working closely with local city officials and first responders, both to safely disconnect power to customers in flooded areas and to communicate the role of dams in connection with the river. Currently, all of I&M’s dams along the St. Joseph River in Northern Indiana and Michigan are operating per engineered design. The Buchanan Hydro Plant is operating near capacity, but there is still room in our system to pass high river flows. I&M has notified the appropriate public safety officials in Berrien County about the status of the dam and will provide updates in coming days. I&M’s dams are not designed as storage or flood-control facilities. They are operated “run-ofriver,” meaning some water goes through the generation equipment and then is passed down the river. The dams have relatively small reservoirs with water levels maintained in accordance with I&M’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license. I&M is following all state and federal rules and regulations. Employees are monitoring river levels at each location around the clock and will for the next few days. According to the National Weather Service, the St. Joseph River has crested in Niles, South Bend and Elkhart. Crests further downstream toward Buchanan are expected this weekend. Power to about 250 customers in Michigan and about 300 in Indiana was disconnected to protect against electrical hazards caused by rising water. Some disconnections were made at individual homes; others involved switching off power to lines supplying specific neighborhoods in danger of flooding. Most disconnections came at the request of public safety officials. I&M urges customers and the public to exercise extreme caution. In the event waters rise around your home or business: Disconnect electrical appliances and DO NOT touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Do not go into any room or basement if water is covering appliance cords that are plugged in or if water has reached the wall outlets. Don’t enter a room if you hear popping or buzzing, or if you see sparks. Never go into a basement with standing water in it unless you are sure the electricity is off. If water rises to your electric meter base, or rises to wall outlets, call I&M to have your power disconnected. In Indiana, call 800-311-4634. In Michigan, call 800-311-6424. Our customer care experts will also give you information about reconnecting.

***Officer Brie's Tip of the Week*** --Suicide Awareness-- SUICIDE HOTLINE 1(800) 273-8255 Good Morning Buchanan! I know it has been a while since I posted a tip and I thank you for being patient, as I have been super busy this past month! Today I will be talking about a topic that hits close to home for me. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. I know that suicide awareness month is September, but I would like to make sure that everyone knows the warning signs so they can help their loved one get help. Suicide effects everyone. You are not alone in this fight. If you are feeling suicidal, call the hotline listed above or below, or talk with a friend or family member. Do not be embarrassed to reach out for help. Read the warning signs below and always feel free to contact us at Buchanan City Police Department at (269) 695-5120. If you have an emergency please dial 911. Be Strong. ~Officer Brie

Remember to take it slow!

I have told many people to sign up for the do not call list, but beware of the fake "Do Not Call Registry".

Thank you to everyone who helped us identify the subject from today's post!

We were able to identify all of the subjects involved in the suspicious situation that took place at one of our local businesses.Thank you to everyone who helped us identify these subjects!

It's been a nice break from the snow but it's about to come back. Be careful out there!

***Officer Brie's Tip of the Week*** --Winter Driving Safety--

Please make sure to check on your neighbors (especially the elderly and single parents with children) to see if they have any needs. You can call the Police Department at 695-5120 with any issues. We are under a winter storm warning so if you don't need to go out, don't. This will help clear the way for the city crews to keep the streets clear and not hinder our emergency response efforts. Thank You.

Yet another wave of snow coming our way! 🌨️ Starting tomorrow morning and continuing through Friday evening. Drive safely!