Kalamazoo is one Michigan city that truly understands its responsibilities to its residents and digs deep to ensure the most vulnerable are accounted for and don’t slip through the cracks.

Read on to see what Kalamazoo is doing to keep residents safe in their city.

Kalamazoo PD Work to Keep the City Safe

To Protect and Serve is the mantra of any police department in America. For the men and women of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS), it’s an honest commitment and a way of life. It starts with their dedication to living their private lives in such a way as to remove all doubt about their commitment to honoring the laws they’re sworn to uphold. By holding themselves accountable to the residents of Kalamazoo to do the right thing, residents in turn are empowered to hold themselves and others to the same higher standard.

Kalamazoo Cares about Keeping your Car Safe

There are very few things in life that leave us feeling more helpless and violated than having a vehicle stolen or vandalized. Fortunately, the KDPS takes auto thefts seriously and demonstrates this by being a member of Michigan’s Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) program.

H.E.A.T. is a community action program that encourages Michiganders to be aware of what goes on with the vehicles in their neighborhoods. This includes anonymously reporting suspicious activity, thefts, automobile insurance fraud, carjacking’s, and chop shops.

As a result of the diligence of law enforcement and the residents of Kalamazoo, auto thefts have dropped every year since 2006, when the city reported 396 incidents. By 2012, that number had dropped to 150, displaying a remarkable 62.2% decline.

Recognition for Outstanding Work

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, which combines both fire and police personnel, has been recognized countless times for selflessly giving back to the community it serves. Some of their many awards include:

  • Recognition from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for being and employer that supports the efforts of it employees who are also members of the military’s Guard and Reserve units.
  • Outstanding dedication and contributions to the Great Lakes Burn Camp, a summer camp for at-risk kids ages 6-17.
  • For professionalism and outstanding cooperation from the Social Security Administration for the towns participation in Operation Rain Check, a program to identify individuals and organization committing social security fraud.

These awards are the direct result of the pride and dedication of every employee of the KDPS and their commitment to making Kalamazoo the kind of city anyone would be proud to call home.

Keeping Citizens Informed

For two years running—2012 and 2013—the Kalamazoo has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the internationally recognized Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is bestowed on municipalities that willingly go the extra mile to ensure residents are fully informed about its financial transactions and expenditures.

One of the ways Kalamazoo accomplishes this goal is through its timely and accessible city blog, where you can find details on city-wide events, the city’s budget, breaking news, and special notices.

When a city chooses to be the best it can be, and to serve it residents through meaningful programs, financial transparency, and an open-door policy, everyone benefits. Kalamazoo continues to go the extra mile by serving its residents in the way that fosters trust, increases community involvement and awareness, and as a source of pride in the results and accomplishments.

Written by John Roskelley

John is a hockey fan, frequent fisherman, and former Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He nerds out to finding new gadgets that help keep his family safe. Learn more

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