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JANUARY 2019

From January 1, 2019 through January 31, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 464 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 451 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for January 2019 were at 18 compared to 12 in January 2018.

In January of 2019, the Marquette County Prosecutors Office released the Domestic Incident Data for January 1, 2018 through June 30th 2018.

The report compares agencies related to Domestic Violence complaints.

During the reporting period a total of 164 warrants were requested by agencies in Marquette County.  Of the 164 warrants requested, 54 were from the Ishpeming Police Department (1/3 of all requested in Marquette County).

After Ishpeming P.D’s 54, Marquette PD and the Michigan State Police were tied for second with 32 requests each.  Then Forsyth Township PD with 22, Sherriff’s Office with 15, then Negaunee PD with 5.

These numbers show how many domestic complaints our officer’s answer where an “assault” has taken place.  The true number of Domestic Complaints is at least double this number and it has been document that a Domestic Complaint are one of the most dangerous complaints a police officer can answer.

On a positive note, we now have over 700 followers on our Facebook Page, which has only been up for a couple of months.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


February 2019
From February 1, 2019 through February 28, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 410 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 461 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS are at 877 compared to 912 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for February 2019 were at 23 compared to 40 in February 2018.  The year to date arrest totals are at 66 compared to 80 for the same period in 2018.

In February we lost three officers to other Marquette County Agencies.  We are actively looking for replacements.  In the mean time we have had to make some major changes in our schedule to maintain a 24/7/365 operation and to continue to fulfill police department commitments.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


March 2019

From March 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 376 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 423 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS are at 1254 compared to 1335 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for March 2019 were at 42 compared to 30 in March 2018.  The year to date arrest totals are at 108 compared to 110 for the same period in 2018.

We have recently hired Chris Howard as a police officer.  He graduated from the police academy in 2018 and had been working part-time for the Marquette County Sherriff’s Office and Chocolay Township Police Department.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


April 2019

From April 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 448 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 422 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS are at 1714 compared to 1773 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for April 2019 were at 43 compared to 34 in April 2018.  The year to date arrest totals are at 155 compared to 144 for the same period in 2018.

April’s arrests were up mainly because of the actions of our police officers.  Many of the arrest were “self-generated”.  Our Officers made several arrest for Possession of Meth, and seeking fugitives.  We also assisted UPSET in a large arrest for Meth.  There are other drug charges still pending at the prosecutor’s office awaiting drug analysis.

We are also waiting for warrants to be issued in two other major cases from April.  One is for Strong Arm Robbery, which involved a man chasing down a female in his car, forcing her off the road, confronting her, making threats, and stealing her keys.  The female did not know the identity of the subject.  Through several interviews and to be honest, good police work, officers were able to obtain the identity of the subject and our Detective was able to obtain a confession.

The second was a reported theft of cash from a vehicle at Elaine’s.  This case took many twist and to be honest, social meeting was not kind to our department.  Again, through good police work by our officers and our Detective, we are seeking charges against the woman for Filing a False Police Report.  We do not believe there ever was a theft of the money.

I have been very proud of the work our officers are doing.  They are working short-handed (3 officers down), working extra hours, training a new officer, and still producing.  We have conducted interviews for our open positions, but all are in police academies and will not be available to later this summer.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


May 2019

From May 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 485 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 504 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS are at 2202 compared to 2255 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for May 2019 were at 38 compared to 44 in May 2018.  The year to date arrest totals are at 191 compared to 188 for the same period in 2018.

We are expecting our two new patrol cars soon.  We hope to have them in service by the end of the month.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


June 2019

From June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 570 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 537 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS are at 2776 compared to 2818 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for June 2019 were at 52 compared to 43 in June 2018.  The year to date arrest totals are at 242 compared to 231 for the same period in 2018.

We conducted 11 interviews at the Police Academy last week.  We have offered 5 candidates a second interview next week.  The Police Academy graduates on August 20th.  We are hoping to fill our open vacancies by then.  Our newest hire, Chris Howard, has passed his Field Training Officers Program and now can work independently, so that has relieved us a little.  But we are still operating 3 officers down.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


July 2019

From July 1, 2019 through July 30, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 566 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 495 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS are at 3352 compared to 3313 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for July 2019 were at 44 compared to 57 in July 2018.  The year to date arrest totals are at 290 compared to 288 for the same period in 2018.

Our department continues to work 3 officers down this summer.  We have offered three candidates from the NMU Police Academy Conditional Letters of Employment.  We are in the process of conducting Psychological Exams, Physical Exams, Drug Testing and Background Investigations of all three candidates.  The academy graduates on August 20, 2019 and hope to have the new officers starting shortly after that.

We have received our two new patrol vehicles.  Still working on a couple of “bugs” with the set up but hope to have them ready to go shortly.  Also, we just got our new vest carriers in and our officers really like the comfort.  We have also got our new in-car computers in, but have not installed them yet.  We are waiting for our new cars to be fully functional before installing them in the vehicles.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


August 2019

From August 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 529 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 503 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS are at 3883 compared to 3816 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for August 2019 were at 38 compared to 23 in August 2018.  The year to date arrest totals are at 328 compared to 311 for the same period in 2018.

Two new Officer started on August 23 following their graduation from the NMU Police Academy, Certification Testing, Psychological Exam, Physical Exam, Drug Testing and Background Investigation.

Officer Ryan Kainulainen joins the Ishpeming Police Department after spending the last 10 years with the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department as a Correction Officer with the last 4 years as a Corporal.  Ryan was named NMU Distinguished Graduate as voted on by his peers and the Director of the NMU Police Academy.  Ryan is a Graduate of Negaunee High School and has earned an Associate’s Degree from NMU.

Officer Travis Hardwicke also joins the Ishpeming Police Department.  Travis has earned an Associate’s Degree from NMU.  He is originally from Interlochen, Michigan and Graduated High School from The Leenanaw School.  Ryan was awarded “Top Gun” from the NMU Police Academy from the Firearms Instructors.

Ryan and Travis now start an intense 12-16 week Field Training Officer Program.

A third officer is expected to start next week.  This will bring us back up to our levels back in February.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert


October 2019

From October 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019, the Ishpeming Police Department answered 542 Calls for Service (CFS) which compares to 501 CFS’s for the same period in 2018.   Our year to date CFS is at 4992 compared to 4797 for the same period in 2018.

Ishpeming Police Department arrests for September 2019 were at 59 compared to 42 in October 2018.  The year to date arrest totals is at 434 compared to 382 for the same period in 2018.

We have had our parking lot fixed next to the building.  Because of the slope of the old parking lot, the water would “pool” next to the building and our vehicles were partially under water.  It also caused water to enter the basement.  The old layout also cause snowplowing issues because of a ramp that was build next to the door and extend up several inches.  The new lot will make snow plowing easier, extend the life of our vehicles, and the building.

Chief Steven J. Snowaert



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