Sheriff's Office

Law Enforcement Investigative Division

Phone: (616) 632-6125
Fax: (616) 632-6154

Silent Observer: (616) 774-2345

The Kent County Sheriff's Office Investigative Division is committed to the highest standards of crime solving, criminal apprehension, and the successful prosecution of those responsible for violating the criminal statutes of the State of Michigan. To accomplish these standards, our Division must select and train the most motivated and skillful of individuals. Competent investigators are required to understand complex laws, proper police procedure, interviewing and interrogation techniques, communication and computer skills, along with the knowledge of appropriate processes for the collection of forensic evidence. We are committed to working with all available resources so that the quality of life, safety, and security of our community can be enhanced.


Captain Jason Kelley
(616) 632-6187
Responsible for the overall operations of the Investigative Division, Transfer/Court Security, Crime Scene Unit (CSU) and Property Management.

Lieutenant Ron Gates
(616) 632-6132
Supervises sergeants and detectives assigned to the Major Case Team, General Case, and Family Services.

Lieutenant Robert Porter
(616) 632-6155
Supervises sergeants and detectives assigned to the Vice Unit , Crime Scene Unit (CSU), and is the public contact for internal affairs complaints.

Lieutenant Jason Richards
(616) 632-6189
Supervisor overseeing the Human Trafficking Task Force.

Sergeant Ryan Wheeler
(616) 632-6151
Internal affairs investigator

Sergeant Joe Abram
(616) 632-6138
First line supervision over detectives assigned to the Vice Unit, which includes KANET and DEA.

Sergeant Andy Hinds
(616) 632-6133
First line supervisor overseeing detectives assigned to General Case and Warrants.

Sergeant Matt Hooker
(616) 632-6172
First line supervisor overseeing detectives assigned to Family Services and Friend of the Court (FOC).

Sergeant Bill Marks
(616) 632-6156
First line supervisor overseeing detectives assigned to the Major Case Team ICAC, MPCT and Property Management.


(Staffing levels by unit assignment and description of cases assigned to these various units)

Unit Name Detectives Assigned Description Of Cases Generally Assigned

Major Case
(violent crimes)


Homicide, arson resulting in serious injury or death, aggravated/felonious assaults resulting in serious injury, missing persons under suspicious circumstances, suicide, suspicious death, kidnapping/abduction (excluding parental kidnapping), armed/unarmed robbery, and sexual assaults involving adult victims.

Computer Crimes Unit (ICAC)


One detectives is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF)


One detective is assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF).

General Case


Six detectives assigned to investigate crimes such as home invasions, business break-ins, destruction of property, embezzlement, vulnerable adult crimes, and frauds.

Two detectives assigned to investigate domestic violence, Personal Protection Order (PPO) violations, and all misdemeanor warrant requests generated at the patrol level.

Family Services


Three detectives assigned to the Children's Advocacy Center responsible for investigating sexual abuse cases of children under 16 years old.

Three detectives assigned to investigate crimes involving juveniles.

Three detectives assigned to the Friend of the Court as Court Enforcement Officers.

Metro Pattern Crimes Team (MPCT)


Responsible for assisting this multi-jurisdictional task force in investigating crimes that fit a pattern.

Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET)*


Primary responsibilities are narcotic investigations. Additional investigations may include gambling, prostitution, and alcohol violations.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)


Responsible for assisting the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating narcotic law violations impacting Kent County from any location in the world.

* The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) is composed of detectives from the Kent County Sheriff Department, Grandville Police Department, Walker Police Department, and the Wyoming Department of Public Safety. KANET investigates vice related crimes including drugs, gambling, prostitution, and alcohol violations. The origins of these investigations are primarily from citizen complaints, Silent Observer tips, road patrol incidents, and informants. Any proceeds that are associated with narcotic criminal activity are seized and given due process within the court system. Those assets which are ultimately ordered forfeited, are used in accordance with state law, which primarily enhances and supports narcotics enforcement.