Sheriff's 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.

Overview

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

Operational Goals

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »

Contact Us

Sheriff's Department



701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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

(616) 632-6100

(616) 632-6122

Lawrence A. Stelma
Sheriff

Jon Hess
Under Sheriff

Michelle Young
Chief Deputy

Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Administration
(616) 632-6400

Inmate Information
(616) 632-6300

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