Branch County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Branch County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 580 Marshall Rd, Coldwater, 49036 MI
  • Chief:
Phone: 517-278-2942
Fax: 517.278.5698
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Branch County Sheriff's Office is located at 580 Marshall Rd, Coldwater, 49036 MI. The Branch County Sheriff's Office phone number is 517-278-2942.

Branch County Sheriff's Office News

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Happy Halloween! Kids will be out in force tonight all over the county, so please watch out for them and remember it takes longer to stop on wet leaves!

Sheriff Pollack and Shelter House Director Kim Hemker accept a check from Kirsten Losinski of the Lakeland Correctional Employee Club golf outing. This check, totaling nearly $4,000 will be used for the Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop program. The funds will allow the children staying in the Shelter to purchase presents for their parents, siblings, Toy For Tots and themselves. It also allows the children to have a positive experience with all First Responders. Law Enforcement, Fire, Corrections staff, and Ambulance. Thank you Lakeland Employees club!

Congratulations to Deputy Frank Barker for your 25 years of service, and Deputy Al Fleming for your 20 years of service!

Team Red, White and Blue came into Branch County late Yesterday afternoon as they ran across Branch County from Hillsdale County on Girard road. The team was escorted by Branch County Sheriff's Deputies, and ending their run in Girard at 7:30 pm for the evening. Thursday morning they are leaving at 07:20 am west on Girard road. to Arney road to Blossom road and into St Joe County. For more information go to, teamrwb.org.

Today is National Coffee day!! For us they have to have it, how do you like yours?

***************UPDATE 9/14/2018************* This little girl, Zsa Zsa was reunited with her mother yesterday! She had gotten out from under a fence and walked away. Zsa Zsa's owner drove around looking in the area for her but wasn't able to find her, and didn't know to call 911. Zsa Zsa's mother is a responsible dog owner and was so grateful for everyone's help in keeping her little girl safe and getting her home. Zsa Zsa is being well cared for and is on the mend, and I and her mother want to thank everyone for their help. I am convinced this was a one time incident and will check in on them from time to time. Little Zsa Zsa had a rough life before coming to this kind lady, and they both seem to be doing their best to take care of each other. Thank you all again! Sergeant David Fillmore **************************************************************** This little girl was found on River Road near Calkins Road in Branch County today. She was injured, we assume by either being hit by a vehicle or thrown out of a vehicle. She is older with no tags, a large scar on the back of her neck and previous damage to her left eye. We sure would like to see her back with her family! She is currently being treated for her injuries. If you have any information, please contact Sgt. Fillmore either through our Facebook page or through Central Dispatch: 517-278-3091. She is in good hand right now, thank you!

*******UPDATE******* This little lady's family contacted us and picked her up. Thank you to all that shared our post and got the information out there. This friendly girl was found walking along US12 just outside of Bronson, Michigan near Parham Road. She was wearing a pink nylon collar, and she appears to have cataracts. She is currently checked in as a guest at the Branch County Animal Control, but I'm sure she would love to go home. If anyone has any information please send us a message here, or contact Central Dispatch at 517-278-3091.

In response to the recent posting/comments on The Daily Reporter page, Sheriff Pollack releases the following statement: Please remember there was a millage for Road Patrol in 2012. It was voted it down and the Commissioners did what they said they would do if it failed; they cut the Sheriff’s budget causing us to go from 23 to 8 road deputies. In the beginning of 2013 we tried to cover 24/7 with our 8 deputies but, with sick time, days off, and vacations we could not. As it has been reported numerous times in the past, we went to one shift, 6 am to 6 pm and have been there for the last 6 years …..6 years. This year we have one deputy off on long term sick leave and two that retired which now leaves us with 5 deputies. So, now we are trying to cover the same one shift seven days a week and still honor sick days, vacation days, and days off. Overtime has shot up. With Court transports, prison transports, inmate medical services, which often includes setting with them while in the hospital, and an increase in complaints, 5 people cannot cover 7 days. While we have hired two people to fill the positions vacated by retirements, we still need to train them. Training takes 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the trainee’s progress. This means we will be this short until around October. So, to give our 5 deputies some relief we decided that we would focus them on those days that demand our services the most, Monday through Friday. With vacations, sick days, and pass days, we will at least have 4 deputies working to serve you instead of the zero to two we have had the last few weeks while on the seven-day schedule. This change is scheduled to take affect August 20th. While we were in the final planning stages for this change, the newspaper having found out from one of the other police agencies we had notified, came to me and asked about it. While it was my intention to wait until all the plans were in place and to advise everyone including the Commissioners of this change at the next Working meeting, I decided it was best to be transparent so I gave him the facts as they were then. Obviously, a mistake as it just fired up a lot of misinformed rhetoric. We have been working with the other police agencies in the County letting them know of our issue and how we were going to handle it. The State Police have been advised and are doing their best to help with coverage, but we must remember they have two other counties they are also responsible for. While I have been asking for more deputies since 2013, my requests have all been turned down. I could put on more deputies but, by law I do not control the money. The Commissioners control the money and no one works for nothing. I have been working with this Commission because the majority of them also want more deputies and we all need your support to ensure the Commission understands what your priorities are. So, ladies and gentlemen, YOU ARE NOT LOSING ANY SERVICE!! It has only been shifted and we have arranged to cover those days that we will not have a presence. We expect to be back to 7-day coverage as soon as the new deputies are properly trained. Sheriff Pollack

In response to the recent posting/comments on The Daily Reporter page, Sheriff Pollack releases the following statement: Please remember there was a millage for Road Patrol in 2012. It was voted it down and the Commissioners did what they said they would do if it failed; they cut the Sheriff’s budget causing us to go from 23 to 8 road deputies. In the beginning of 2013 we tried to cover 24/7 with our 8 deputies but, with sick time, days off, and vacations we could not. As it has been reported numerous times in the past, we went to one shift, 6 am to 6 pm and have been there for the last 6 years …..6 years. This year we have one deputy off on long term sick leave and two that retired which now leaves us with 5 deputies. So, now we are trying to cover the same one shift seven days a week and still honor sick days, vacation days, and days off. Overtime has shot up. With Court transports, prison transports, inmate medical services, which often includes setting with them while in the hospital, and an increase in complaints, 5 people cannot cover 7 days. While we have hired two people to fill the positions vacated by retirements, we still need to train them. Training takes 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the trainee’s progress. This means we will be this short until around October. So, to give our 5 deputies some relief we decided that we would focus them on those days that demand our services the most, Monday through Friday. With vacations, sick days, and pass days, we will at least have 4 deputies working to serve you instead of the zero to two we have had the last few weeks while on the seven-day schedule. This change is scheduled to take affect August 20th. While we were in the final planning stages for this change, the newspaper having found out from one of the other police agencies we had notified, came to me and asked about it. While it was my intention to wait until all the plans were in place and to advise everyone including the Commissioners of this change at the next Working meeting, I decided it was best to be transparent so I gave him the facts as they were then. Obviously, a mistake as it just fired up a lot of misinformed rhetoric. We have been working with the other police agencies in the County letting them know of our issue and how we were going to handle it. The State Police have been advised and are doing their best to help with coverage, but we must remember they have two other counties they are also responsible for. While I have been asking for more deputies since 2013, my requests have all been turned down. I could put on more deputies but, by law I do not control the money. The Commissioners control the money and no one works for nothing. I have been working with this Commission because the majority of them also want more deputies and we all need your support to ensure the Commission understands what your priorities are. So, ladies and gentlemen, YOU ARE NOT LOSING ANY SERVICE!! It has only been shifted and we have arranged to cover those days that we will not have a presence. We expect to be back to 7-day coverage as soon as the new deputies are properly trained. Sheriff Pollack

Day two of the Branch County Fair, Sheriff Pollack and Victim Service unit director Jackie Harris at the VSU Booth.

Sheriff Pollack takes time out to talk with fair parade fans.

Sheriff Pollack getting ready to for the 2018 4-H Fair Parade, in downtown Coldwater. .

Today is national junk food day. Let's hear what everyone's favorite is....and go!

US12/Chicago Road between Coldwater and Bronson has reopened as of yesterday!!!

Today, the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Club learned about the Adopt A Cop program. Deputy Jackie Harris and her search and rescue dog, Xenia were the guest speakers. The Adopt A Cop program focuses on second graders. The program’s purpose is to teach students that law enforcement personnel aren’t someone to fear. Xenia, according to Deputy Harris, is a great ice-breaker with the kids. Where the students might be nervous about uniformed officers, they love to meet Xenia. Xenia has also been able to introduce students to other uniformed persons such as fire fighters. The program also teaches students when is an appropriate time to call “911” and when is not the right time to call “911”. Since Xenia is a search and rescue dog, she shares her message for students to “hug a tree and don’t leave”. That means that if a person is lost, that person shouldn’t continue to wander. It is better to find a tree and wait to be found. Xenia leaves behind a mailbox for students to write her letters. With help from Deputy Harris, Xenia writes back to them. Deputy Harris stated that from the contents of some of these letters, She and Xenia have been able to help some students in ways they may not have been able to without that form of communication. Teachers, of course, like the excuse to have students write. Deputy Harris shared that the program is all volunteer. Members of the community help to provide the pamphlets and materials for the students. This year they didn’t have enough materials, because they didn’t expect to be able to help so many students. They have been able to work with approximately 200 students.

For the 4th. year in a row Sheriff Pollack enjoys leading the kids in their Fourth of July Parade at Canada Shores. Thanks to all the parade staff for putting on another successful event for the kids.

Yesterday while directing traffic on the business loop of I-69 for the fatal accident, a gentleman stopped and gave me a bottle of water. It was very timely and I was grateful!! THANK YOU 🚰🚰whoever you were!!!! Sheriff Pollack

Operation Dry Water heightened enforcement weekend will be June 29 - July 1, 2018. Operation Dry Water weekend takes place near July 4th, a holiday known for an increase in alcohol related accidents. Operation Dry Water facilitates a national weekend of BUI detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities Boating under the influence is illegal. In 2017, more than 7,000 officers from 628 agencies participated in the three-day weekend. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths. Boating under the influence applies to drugs as well as alcohol. Even some prescription medications can make operating a recreational vessel unsafe. Alcohol use can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. #BoatSafeBoatSober #ODW18 #OperationDryWater