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Midland Police Department

Midland Police Department   Law Enforcement Center  2727 Rodd St. Midland, MI 48640  Phone: 989-631-5716  
Email: citypolice@midland-mi.org

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reports/Complaints

1.  Who do I contact to make a report about a problem?

2.  Do I call 911 even if it is not an emergency?

3.  I want to reach a specific officer.  How do I contact them?

4.  How do I get a copy of a report from a complaint that I made?

5.  What is the Freedom of Information Act (F.O.I.A)?

6.  What happens when I file a complaint?

7.  How do I find out the status of a complaint that I filed?

Traffic Safety/Enforcement

8.  On my street there seems to be an excessive amount of speeding or other traffic problems. How do I request extra traffic enforcement?

9.  I know of a traffic light that is not operating properly or a sign that is knocked down, who do I contact?

10. I have a suggestion to improve traffic safety in a particular area of the city. Who would I contact for that suggestion?

11. I received a ticket for a traffic violation, how do I take care of it?

12. What are the fine schedules for tickets?

13. Upon my request, does a police officer have to show me the radar that was used to “clock” me?

14. Where can I get a copy of the traffic laws?

15. What should I do when I get involved in an accident?

16. What should I do if a police officer stops me in my car?

17. What are the parking ordinances and fines in the city of Midland?

Guns

18. How do I register a handgun?

19. Do I have to register a rifle or shotgun?

20. How do I obtain a Purchase Permit?

21. How do I obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit?

22. What are the requirements for a Concealed Weapon Permit?

23. I have an old gun that I no longer want, what can I do with it?

24. I have some ammunition at home that I want to discard. How do I safely do this?

25. What kind of handgun does the Midland Police Department carry?

Home and Personal Security

26. Who would I contact to get suggestions on security, or get an inspection for my home, business, or church?

27. How can I get a residential property inspection when I’m on vacation?

28. How do I obtain a Personal Protection Order (P.P.O.)?

29. Can the police department assist me in retrieving property from my old dwelling?

30. How do I set up a neighborhood watch?

Miscellaneous Information

31. The father/mother of my child has violated a Friend of the Court visitation order. Can the Police Department assist me in getting my child back?

32. Where can I get a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT)?

33. Who do I contact and where do I go to have my fingerprints taken?

34. Can I get a copy of a criminal history?

35. There is a vehicle parked on my business or personal property that is not mine. What can I do about it?

36. How can I assist or get more involved with the Police Department?

37. Someone I know has been arrested. Who do I contact for information about their release from jail?

38. There is a neighborhood dog that is a nuisance. Who can I contact?

39. What are the hours for allowable excessive noise in Midland?

40. How loud is too loud for my car stereo?

41. Can I have a “campfire” in my back yard?

42. What are the curfew laws?

43. Why did I receive a bill from the Police Department for a false alarm?

44. How can I get a tour of the Law Enforcement Center?

Reports/Complaints

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.

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2.  Do I call 911 even if it is not an emergency?

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 information.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6.  What happens when I file a complaint?

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.

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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.

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Traffic Safety/Enforcement

8.  On my street there seems to be an excessive amount of speeding or other traffic problems. How do I request extra traffic enforcement?

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 includes:

  • Where exactly the problem is occurring.

  • The time of day or which days of the week the problem is occurring.

  • Any information you can provide about the driver and vehicle.

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9.  I know of a traffic light that is not operating properly or a sign that is knocked down, who do I contact?

Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, you may call the City of Midland Signs and Signals Department at 989-837-6945. If it is ‘after hours’, please call 911 to report the problem.

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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 Team.

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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 three options:

  • 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. 

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12.  What are the fines and points given for specific moving violations?

SPEEDING GENERAL

FINES/COSTS

POINTS

1-10 mph over limit

$100.00

2*

11-15 mph over limit

$120.00

3*

16-20 mph over limit

$150.00

4*

21-25 mph over limit

$175.00

4*

26-30 mph over limit

$200.00

4*

31 mph and up over limit

$240.00

4*

OTHER VIOLATIONS

 

 

Violation Basic Speed Law (Lose Control of vehicle)

$100.00

2

Avoid Traffic Control Device

$100.00

2

Careless Driving

$145.00

3

Child Restraint Violations

$100.00

0

Defective Equipment

$95.00

0

Disobey Stop Sign

$110.00

3

Disobey Traffic Control Device

$100.00

2

Disobey Traffic Signal

$110.00

3

Drive Across Median

$110.00

2

Drive Left of Center

$100.00

2

Drive Without Lights

$110.00

2

Drive Wrong Way On One Way

$110.00

2

Drive In Passing Lane

$100.00

2

Drive In Turning Lane

$100.00

2

Fail To Dim Headlights

$85.00

2

Fail To Signal Turn

$100.00

2

Fail To Yield

$110.00

2

Follow Too Close

$100.00

2

Handicapped Parking Violation

$110.00

0

Improper Lane Use/Change

$100.00

2

Improper Backing

$100.00

2

Improper Parking

$70.00

0

Improper Passing

$110.00

3

Improper Turn

$100.00

2

No Cycle Helmet

$85.00

0

No Proof Of Insurance

$190.00

0

(proof shown valid at time of citation)

$25.00

0

Pass School Bus Loading/Unloading

$175.00

3

Refuse Preliminary Breath Test

$145.00

0

Seat Belt Violations

$65.00

0

VIOLATIONS NOT LISTED require a phone call 4-14 days after issuance to make arrangements with the Court to settle the citation. SOME MAY REQUIRE PERSONAL APPEARANCE.

*Add one (1) additional point each for violation in construction, school and emergency zones. Fines are subject to change.

Points cannot be reduced or deferred. They are set by the Michigan Legislature.

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13.  Upon my request, does a police officer have to show me the radar used to “clock” me?

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.

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14.  Where can I get a copy of the traffic laws?

The Secretary of State maintains the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, which contains the state laws concerning the “Rules of the Road” in Michigan. You can either contact the Secretary of State to obtain a “hard copy” of the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, Click here to go online to the Motor Vehicle Code for “Michigan Compiled Laws”.

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15.  What should I do when I get involved in an accident?

  • If not injured, see if you can help any injured parties. Call 911

  • After a crash, you should move your vehicle to the side of the roadway to allow other traffic to flow. 

  • If you have damage of $1,000 or more and the accident occurred on a public roadway, you are required by law to report the crash to the nearest police department.

  • If there is under $1,000 in damage, an accident report is not required and you may work it out with the other driver.

  • When the police arrive, they will need your Driver's License, Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance.

  • If your vehicle is not drivable, a wrecker will be called.

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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. 

  • Minimize the amount of movement in your vehicle.

  • Do not exit the vehicle unless directed to do so.

  • Be honest and direct in your conversation.

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17.  What are the parking ordinances and fines in the city of Midland?

VIOLATION

FEE

Parking on city streets between 3-6 a.m.

$30.00

Blocking an alley

$15.00

Parking in an alley

$15.00

Unattended running vehicle

$15.00

Left wheel to curb

$15.00

Park beyond 12” from curb

$15.00

Angle parking violation

$15.00

Obstructing traffic

$30.00

Parking across sidewalk

$15.00

Parking in front of driveway

$15.00

Parking within an intersection

$30.00

Parking within 15 feet of fire hydrant

$30.00

Parking on a crosswalk

$30.00

Parking within 20 feet of crosswalk

$15.00

Parking within 15 feet of an intersection

$15.00

Parking within 30 feet of a traffic control device

$15.00

Parking within 50 feet of a railroad crossing

$50.00

Parking within 20 feet of a fire station entrance

$30.00

Parking within 75 feet of a fire station entrance (on opposite side of street, signs required)

$30.00

Parking beside a street excavation

$30.00

Double Parking

$30.00

Parking on a bridge

$30.00

Parking within 200 feet of an accident

$15.00

Parking in front of a theatre

$15.00

Blocking an emergency exit

$30.00

Overtime parking violation

$10.00

Parking in prohibited zones

$15.00

Parking on an outlawn

$15.00

Loading zone violation

$15.00

Parking meter violation

$10.00

Not parking within metered parking space

$15.00


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Guns

18.  How do I register a handgun?

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.        

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19.  Do I have to register a rifle or shotgun?

No, there is no mandate to register a rifle or shotgun. It is recommended that you record your own make, model, and serial numbers from these weapons in case they are ever stolen. 

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20.  How do I obtain a Purchase Permit?

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.

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21.  How do I obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW)?

A CCW packet is available, free of charge, at the Law Enforcement Center. All the information you need is within the packet.

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22.  What are the requirements for a Concealed Weapon Permit?

You must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older

  • Be a Citizen of the United States or a Resident Alien

  • Be a Resident of Michigan for at least 6 months

  • Successfully complete a Pistol Safety Training Course

  • Not be subject to an order or disposition for any of the following:

    • Mental health order

    • Legally incapacitated

    • Involuntarily hospitalized

    • Been found not guilty by reason of insanity    

  • Not be subject to a conditional bond release where firearm possession is prohibited

  • Not be subject to a Personal Protection Order

  • Not be prohibited by MCL 750.224f (felon in possession of a firearm)

  • Never be convicted of a felony in Michigan or elsewhere

  • Not have a felony charge that is pending against you in Michigan or elsewhere

  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the US Armed Forces

  • Not have been convicted of one of the following misdemeanors in the eight (8) years immediately preceding the date of application:

  • Operating Under the Influence 2nd offense (257.625(1)(8)(b)) Reckless driving (257.626)

  • Driving on a Suspended License 2nd offense (257.904)

  • Hindering or obstructing weights and measures enforcement officer (290.629)

  • Hindering, assaulting, or committing bodily injury upon director or authorized representative of the Motor Quality Fuels Act (290.650)     

  • Possession of a controlled substance (333.7403)

  • Displaying sexually explicit materials to minors (722.677)

  • Assault or domestic assault (750.81)

  • Aggravated assault (750.81A) 

  • 4th degree child abuse (750.136B) 

  • Accosting, enticing, or soliciting a child for immoral purposes (750.145A)

  • Vulnerable adult abuse (750.145N)

  • Solicitation to commit a felony (750.157B)

  • Impersonating a sheriff, conservation officer, coroner, constable, or police officer (750.215) 

  • Illegal sale of a firearm or ammunition (750.223)

  • Illegal sale of a self-defense spray (750.224d) 

  • Sale or possession of a mechanical knife (750.226a)

  • Improper transportation of a firearm (750.227c) 

  • Failure to have a pistol inspected (750.228)

  • Accepting a pistol in pawn (750.229) 

  • Failure to register the purchase of a firearm or a firearm component (750.232)

  • Improperly obtaining a pistol, making a false statement on an application to purchase a pistol, or using false identification to purchase a pistol (750.232a)

  • Intentionally aiming a firearm w/o malice (750.233)  

  • Intentionally discharging a firearm w/o malice (750.234)

  • Possessing a firearm on prohibited premises (750.234d)

  • Brandishing a firearm in public (750.234e)

  • Possession of a firearm by a person less than 18 years of age (750.234f)

  • Intentionally discharging a firearm aimed without malice causing injury (750.235)

  • Parent of a minor who possessed a firearm in a weapon free school zone (750.235a)

  • Setting a spring gun or other device (750.236)  

  • Possessing a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug (750.237)    

  • Weapon free school zone violation (750.237a)

  • Stalking (750.411h)

  • Reckless, careless, or negligent use of a firearm resulting in injury or death (752.861)

  • Reckless, careless, or negligent use of a firearm resulting in property damage (752.862)

  • Reckless discharge of a firearm (752.863a)

  • Violation of a law of the United States, another state, or a local unit of government of this state or another state substantially corresponding to a violation described above

  • Not have been convicted of ANY OTHER MISDEMEANOR in this state or elsewhere in the three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application.

  • Not have been found guilty but mentally ill of any crime and not have offered a plea of not guilty of, or been acquitted of, any crime by reason of insanity.

  • Never have been subject to an order of involuntary commitment due to a mental illness.

  • Not have a diagnosed mental illness at the time the application is made regardless of whether you are receiving treatment.

  • The applicant is not under a court order of legal incapacity in this state or elsewhere.

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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.   

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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 Law Enforcement Center. 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.

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25.  What kind of handgun does the Midland Police Department carry?

The Midland 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.

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Home and Personal Security

26.  Who would I contact to get suggestions on security, or to get an inspection for my home, business, or church?

You may contact the Midland Police Department Community Relations Officer (Dan Keeler) at 989-839-4648 or via e-mail at lkeeler@midland-mi.org.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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30.  How do I set up a neighborhood watch?

You may contact the Midland Police Department Community Relations Officer Dan Keeler at 989-839-4648 or e-mail lkeeler@midland-mi.org.

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Miscellaneous Information

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 back?

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.

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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 Alcohol.

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33.  Who do I contact and where do I go to have my fingerprints taken?

You may contact the Midland Police Department to arrange to be fingerprinted at the Law Enforcement Center. Fingerprinting may be scheduled for Thursdays between 9-11 a.m.

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34.  Can I get a copy of a criminal history?

You may obtain a local background/criminal check from the Midland Police Department's Records division. This will include a check for any arrests, including the complaint number, date, and type of offense. It will not provide a disposition for the arrest. Click here for additional information on criminal background checks through the Michigan State Police website.

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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 stolen vehicle.

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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.

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37.  Someone I know has been arrested. Who do I contact for information about their release from jail?

In Midland County, 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. Main St.

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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.

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39.  What are the hours for allowable excessive noise in Midland?

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.

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40.  How loud is too loud for my car stereo?

The City's 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.

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41.  Can I have a “campfire” in my backyard?

Recreational fires are allowed provided that:

  • they are 25’ from a building or structure

  • they are contained in a fire pit or barbeque

  • a bucket, shovel, hose, or extinguisher is readily available

  • it is constantly attended by a responsible person

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42.  What are Midland's curfew laws?

State law mandates that youth under 12 years of age be accompanied by a parent or guardian between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The same applies for youth under the age of 16 years between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.

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43.  Why did I receive a bill from the Midland Police Department for a false alarm?

The Midland Police Department has a policy of charging for services when police officers respond to alarms that are found to be accidentally tripped because of human error or because of system error. Click here for the Police Department FALSE ALARM GUIDELINES.

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44.  How can I get a tour of the Law Enforcement Center?

If you have a group that would like to get an educational tour of the Law Enforcement Center, you may contact the Community Relations Officer at 989-839-4648 or by e-mail at mbercher@midland-mi.org.

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