1. Who do I contact to make a report
about a problem?
To report a problem, or to file a
complaint, you should call 911. Many people are hesitant to call 911 because
they don’t actually have an “emergency”. Rest assured,
our dispatch center has numerous phone lines available to accommodate calls. If
they have an emergency call that they are handling that will take priority and
you may be placed temporarily on “hold”. There are also several dispatchers
working at any given time to handle your call.
If you are calling to file a complaint or
need the assistance of the police you are asked to dial 911. If you are trying
to call a specific officer you may call the Shift supervisor at 989-839-4713.
Or you may call a specific officer’s voice mail and leave a message to by
calling 989-839-4790. See question #3 for further
3. I want to reach a specific
officer. How do I contact them?
Call 989-839-4790. You will be asked to enter a phone number for the person you are trying to reach. If you
do not know the extension of the officer, you will be asked to wait on the line
until an operator is able to assist you.
4. How do I get a copy of a report
from a complaint that I made?
You can contact our
Records Bureau, Monday thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. They are located just
inside the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center at 2727 Rodd
St. You should note that only three types of reports are available to the
public. They are: 1.) Traffic Crash Reports, 2.) Domestic Violence Reports -
available only to the victim’s of the domestic violence, and 3.) Summary
Reports of burglaries, larcenies, and vandalism - which contain the limited
information, needed for insurance claims. Requests for all other reports must
be made through the Freedom of Information Act.
5. What is the Freedom of
Information Act (F.O.I.A)?
The Freedom of
Information Act is an act passed by Congress. The act basically states that a
public entity, such as a police department, must make all of its records
available to the public unless certain criteria exist.
The F.O.I.A. benefits “both
sides of the coin” in that, it protects the rights and privacy of individuals
while at the same time allows public access to public documents so that the
public/people may monitor and keep the government’s activities in check.
Once a dispatcher has
received a complaint, typically a patrol officer is sent to initiate an
investigation and if necessary, will type a “formal report” about the incident. Each incident or complaint is assigned a complaint number. In most instances an officer will be able provide you with this number. If
further follow-up or investigation is required, often that complaint is then
forwarded to the Detectives Bureau.
Once an investigation is
completed and charges are being sought, that complaint is then forwarded to
either the Midland City Attorney or the Midland County Prosecutors Office.
Some complaints may not require an in-depth investigation, but may require some simple involvement of
the police which will be resolved at the scene. This type of complaint, like
the formal report, will also have a complaint number assigned to it. By the end
of each shift, that officer(s) will complete a very brief synopsis about their
findings and actions.
7. How do I find out the status of
a complaint that I filed?
If you have contact with
the officer handling your complaint and he or she is able to resolve it, you may
ask that officer about the complaints disposition. If the complaint is more in-depth and there are several officers involved, or the Detective Bureau has been
assigned the complaint, you may call the Detective Bureau at 989-631-4244. You should have the complaint number available, if possible.
my street there seems to be an excessive amount of speeding or other traffic problems.
How do I request extra traffic
If you are calling about an event currently happening, you should call 911. If it is an on-going traffic problem
or your issue is not of an urgent nature, please call the police department's
Traffic Hotline at 989-839-4714.
Information that is helpful in resolving the traffic problem
Where exactly the problem is occurring.
The time of day or which days of the week the problem
Any information you can provide about the driver and vehicle.
10. I have a suggestion to
improve traffic safety in a particular area of the city.
Who would I contact for that suggestion?
You can call either the Midland City Engineering Department at 989-837-3348, or you may call the Patrol Shift Supervisor at 989-839-4713; the
supervisor will pass your suggestion to the Police Department Traffic Safety
11. I received a ticket for a
traffic violation, how do I take care of it?
There are two types of traffic violation tickets that you can receive: a
civil infraction and a misdemeanor.
Once a civil infraction ticket has been issued, the matter is between you
and the 75th District Court. You must contact the court at 301 W. Main St.,
Midland MI 989-832-6714.
As described on the back of your civil infraction citation (ticket) you have
Admit responsibility by mail, in person, or by representation within 14
days but not before 3 working days of issuance of the citation.
Admit responsibility with explanation of the circumstances of the
violation, which the court may consider in determining the amount of the fine
and costs. You may admit responsibility with explanation by mail, in person,
or by representation within 14 days but not before 3 working days of issuance
of the citation.
Deny responsibility by contacting the court within 14 days but not before
3 working days of issuance of the citation to either
Appear in person in court for an informal hearing before a magistrate,
referee, or judge; neither side may have an attorney, OR
Appear in court for a formal hearing before a judge. An attorney will be
with the officer. You may be represented by an attorney.
If you received a misdemeanor traffic citation/ticket you must contact the
75th District Court at 301 W. Main, Midland, MI 48640, (989)
832-6714. The court will advise you of an appearance date (if necessary) and
the fines involved with the offense.
Upon my request, does a police officer have to show me the radar used to
A police officer is not obligated to show a motorist the radar during a
traffic stop or at any other time. A police officer does have to follow a set
of guidelines that were established in 1985 by the Michigan Speed Measurement
Task Force. These standards are designed to ensure fairness and protection
to the motorist. This ensures that an officer who is unfamiliar with the
operation of a radar unit does not wrongly accuse a motorist of speeding.
16. What should I do if a
police officer stops me in my car?
First and foremost, you should pull your vehicle over to the side of the
roadway immediately. You will normally be asked for your LICENSE, VEHICLE
REGISTRATION, and PROOF OF INSURANCE. You should know where these items are
and provide them to the officer upon request.
Since the officer does not know you -
just as you don’t know the officer - there is an atmosphere of
caution that the officer will want to maintain.
First, you must obtain a purchase permit from the police department in the
city or county in which you reside. You will need a valid
Michigan driver’s license or Michigan ID card
with current address. The purchase permit will cost you $5.00. You
will have to pass a 15-question quiz on basic gun safety, and you will also have to
possess a clear criminal record. The seller must complete and sign the purchase
permit. To register the handgun, you must bring the completed purchase permit
and the handgun (encased and unloaded) to the Law Enforcement Center for
a safety inspection.
You may obtain a purchase permit from the Midland
Police Records Bureau by providing a valid
driver’s license, correctly answering at least 11 of the 15 questions in a test
given by the Records Bureau, and paying a $5.00 fee.
23. I have an old gun that I
no longer want. What can I do with it?
If you own a firearm that you no longer want, whether it is a handgun,
rifle, or shotgun, you may turn it in to the police department for destruction.
On average, the Midland Police Department will typically oversee the destruction of 50-100
firearms each year.
24. I have some ammunition at
home that I want to discard. How do I safely do this?
If you posses old ammunition like bullets or shotgun shells that you do not
feel comfortable keeping or using, you may bring them to the
LawEnforcementCenter. Our police department will
oversee the safe destruction of the ammunition. If you find ammunition or
explosive items that you are not familiar with and don’t know how to handle, DO
NOT TOUCH them. Instead, call 911.
25. What kind of handgun does
Police Department carry?
Police Department road patrol officers carry the Glock
17, 9mm handgun. It is one of the most popular handguns used by law enforcement
today. It has a metal frame and barrel, and housed polymer.
27. How can I get a residential property
inspection when I’m on vacation?
You may fill out a residential property sheet and submit it to the Midland
Police Department. The police
department will attempt to conduct cursory property checks sporadically during
the time period that you are gone.
It is still recommended that you have a relative, friend or neighbor
periodically check on the property as well.
28. How do I obtain a
Personal Protection Order (PPO)?
PPOs may be obtained by contacting the 42nd Circuit Court Clerk; this office
is located on the 2nd floor of the Midland County Courthouse. There you may
fill out a request for a PPO. If the PPO is granted, a Circuit Court judge will
sign the PPO. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to see that the PPO is
served on the person it is against. You may serve it yourself or have a third
party serve it for you. The Midland County Sheriff’s Office offers assistance
for a fee. Contact them for conditions and fees for that service at 989-836-4600.
29. Can the police department
assist me in retrieving property from my former dwelling?
It is the position of the Midland
Police Department to not get involved in civil
disputes over personal property. These are issues to be decided through
negotiations of involved parties or in Small Claims Court.
31. The father/mother of my
child has violated a Friend of the Court visitation order. Can the
Midland Police Department assist me in getting my child
The police do not have the legal authority to enforce orders from the Friend
of the Court. Unless a court has ordered the termination of a parent’s rights,
the police recognize that both parents have an interest in the child(ren). The
police will not resolve disputes over the custody and visitation of the child(ren). This is a Friend of the Court and/or attorney matter.
32. Where can I get a Preliminary
Breath Test (PBT)?
If you are a resident of the City of
Midland, you may obtain a PBT from the Records
Bureau, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At all other times, a police officer will give you
the test in the lobby of the police department. The cost is $5.00 per test.
You may also get a FREE Preliminary Breath Test from any officer at any time
if you are under 21 years of age and have been drinking alcohol OR if you are
operating a vehicle and are suspected of Operating it Under the Influence of
35. There is a vehicle parked
on my business or personal property that is not mine. What can I do about it?
You may call a wrecker company to remove a vehicle from residential property that is obviously part of a single or dual family residence.
In order for a vehicle to be removed from other forms of private property (i.e., an apartment complex or business like Meijers), signs
must be prominently displayed at the vehicular entrance to the property. If the property lacks curbs or access barriers,
at least one sign must be posted for each 100 feet of road frontage. The notice
must contain letters not less than 2 inches high on a contrasting background. It
must state that unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense. The notice
must provide the name and phone number of the towing service responsible for
removing vehicles from that property. The bottom of the notice must be located not less than
four (4) feet from the ground, and continuously maintained on the property for not less than 24 hours before a vehicle is towed or removed.
Additionally, if the vehicle is hampering the use of private
property by being parked in a manner which impedes the movement
of other vehicles, it may be towed.
The only involvement of the police would be to check for a “suspicious” or
36. How can I assist or get
more involved with the
Midland Police Department?
There are several ways to get involved with the police
department. You can join or head a
Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch program, you could become a Crossing
Guard, or you can simply stop to chat with one of our officers the next time you
encounter one in passing.
37. Someone I know has been
arrested. Who do I contact for information about their release from jail?
MidlandCounty, to find out if someone has
been arrested or to find out the bond or a release time on someone who has been
arrested, contact the Midland County Jail at
989-832-6612. The Midland County Jail is located at 301 W.
38. There is a neighborhood dog
that is a nuisance. Who can I contact?
It is illegal to allow a dog to “run at large”, howl, or create an
unpleasant odor in the neighborhood. To report a violation, you should contact
the Animal Control Division of Midland County at 989-832-6856. After regular
business hours, you can call 911.
39. What are the hours for
allowable excessive noise in
There is no set time for permitted excessive noise. Under the City's
Code of Ordinances,
excessive noise ordinance (Sec. 16-28)
applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We must recognize that when living
in a city where people generally live in close proximity to one another, there
will be different work and sleep habits that must be respected. All members of a community must
practice tolerance and have reasonable expectations.
Code of Ordinances prohibits the continuance of any unreasonable, loud,
disturbing or unnecessary noise (Sec. 16-28). In other words, if others can hear it and it
is preventable, it is TOO LOUD and you are subject to MISDEMEANOR penalties.