The City of DeWitt operates a 24-hour Police Department with a staff that includes both full-time and part-time officers. The DeWitt City Police Department serves a growing population of 4,800 people located just 6 miles north of Michigan’s capital city, Lansing.
Our Department is proud of the community-oriented policing we have adopted to serve our city and our citizens. We work hard to create a level of trust with our residents, schools, and businesses to ensure that our city remains a safe place for everyone to visit, work, and live. We work hard to provide a department that provides an unbiased and just environment that allows all of our residents to feel safe and secure.
Please take some time to scroll through our website and see all the services we offer to our residents and guests.
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Chief Bruce Ferguson received the appointment to serve as the Chief of Police of the DeWitt Police Department in February of 2013. Prior to this appointment, Chief Ferguson served the Lansing Police Department for 25 years, serving the last 10 years as a Lieutenant. Chief Ferguson graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and has been a DeWitt resident since 1987.
The Chief of Police, under the general supervision of the Mayor of the City of DeWitt, is responsible for providing quality police service to the citizens of DeWitt. This includes the planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and budgeting of the department.
The Chief of Police determines the Department’s overall mission, as well as its long and short-term goals and objectives. This includes routine preventative patrol, criminal investigation, and enforcement of all State and local traffic and criminal laws, as well as a number of other City Ordinances.
David Stoltzfus was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the retirement of Lieutenant Spagnuolo.
Dave attended Lake Superior State University with a major in Criminal Justice graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree and minoring in Homeland Security and Fire Science. Dave was a full-time Police officer for the City of East Lansing for the last 9 years and has worked part-time for the City of DeWitt Police Department for five years.
Dave specializes in community outreach, neighborhood watch, crash and arson investigations and is a member of the DeWitt Township Fire Department. Dave looks forward to interacting with the community while he continues his career policing in the City of DeWitt where he and his family reside.
Public safety officials in Clinton County are excited to announce that RAVE Alert is now available to all residents. RAVE Alert is a free service that allows individuals to sign up for notifications sent from state and local authorities. Alert keeps residents and travelers informed on potentially hazardous situations involving weather, traffic and other emergencies.
RAVE Alert enables residents and travelers to Clinton County to sign up for free at Get RAVE to receive timely and actionable emergency alerts via email, text or voice message on their cell phones. They can also identify when and how they are alerted and communicated with before, during, and after emergencies.
When emergencies happen, be the first to know. Clinton County will use RAVE Alert to send official, real-time alerts to the public with information about potentially life-saving actions they may need to take to keep themselves and their families safe. By signing up for RAVE Alert, you are taking a large step toward improving your personal safety. Residents are encouraged to sign up for Rave Alert here.
The following parking laws are in place within the City boundaries:
Parking fines are $10 and must be paid within 5 business days.
Payment is accepted in person or online. To pay for tickets online click here.
Our Police Department is proud to provide these services to the DeWitt community:
This service is available to DeWitt City residents only between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
Copies of approved reports are available for a fee. You may request the report in person, over the phone or by emailing us the FOIA request using the FOIA request form under forms
The Police Department will conduct periodic checks of your home while you are away for an extended period of time. Prior to your departure, print and complete the Property Check Request form (PDF). The form may be emailed to the Police Department faxed to 517-669-6583, or dropped off at the administrative office during regular business hours. There is no charge for this service.
City residents who have purchased a handgun may register the weapon by turning in the Pistol Sales Record to the Police Department. This weapon is not required to be inspected by a law enforcement agency.
Pistol Purchase Permits
This service is available to City residents only, 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Purchase permits are issued for private sales to non-Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holding residents.
A CPL holder, purchasing a handgun via a private sale, must use the Michigan State Police (MSP) RI-60 Pistol Sales Record Form
There is no charge for these services.
Bring your expired, unused pill, tablet, or capsule drugs to the City of DeWitt Police Department for proper disposal. NO inhalers, patches, or injectables (sharps). NO empty containers. NO leaking liquids. ACCEPTABLE: tablets, pills, or capsules must be brought in their original bottle (please black out personal information) and placed into the secure collection bin during office hours. Our red collection bin is located in the Community Room corridor.
The City of DeWitt has compiled a number of need-to-know ordinances for residents and visitors. These ordinances are enforced by the City of DeWitt Police Department.
This is not an all-encompassing list of City ordinances. View the City of DeWitt City Code to see all ordinances.
Weeds and Grass (section 70-123)
Weeds and grass are not to exceed 8 inches in height in the city. Exceptions include areas not within subdivisions, except areas of land within 50 feet of any lot line of a platted subdivision or the property line of any parcel upon which there is a dwelling, street, road, or highway right-of-way. Violation of this ordinance is a municipal civil infraction.
Sidewalks (section 58-32)
No person shall permit any snow or ice to remain on any sidewalk abutting or adjacent to any property owned or occupied by that person for more than 24 hours after the snow or ice has fallen or formed. Violation of this ordinance is a municipal civil infraction.
Front Yard Parking (section 62-38)
No person shall park a motor vehicle, trailer, or watercraft in a front yard within a residential district of the city, nor on any sidewalk.
A “front yard” for the purpose of this section means that part of a lot, other than a driveway, between the curb or the street line and the front line of the main building on the lot, and for a corner lot, shall include the part of the lot between the side of the building and the curb or the street line.
Vehicles may be parked temporarily in the front yard when loading and unloading, or pursuant to a handicapper permit issued for that purpose.
Abandoned Junk Vehicles (section 30-37)
No person shall store, maintain, keep or authorize or permit the storage, maintenance, or keeping of any abandoned or junk motor vehicle, or motor vehicle parts, on private property under his or her ownership, tenancy, or control. Any motor vehicle which, for a period of 10 consecutive days or more, does not have an engine in running condition, four inflated tires, a battery, and current license plates, or which is in fact abandoned by its owner or which is not operable shall be deemed to be an abandoned or junk motor vehicle under this section. Violation of this ordinance is a Municipal Civil Infraction.
Parking Between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
No person shall leave any vehicle parked upon any city street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (Amend. of 6-9-2003 (2)).
Loud Stereo Ordinance (section 30-39)
Playing or amplifying any radio, phonograph, stereo, tape or disc player, or musical instrument indoors, out of doors, or in any vehicle in such a manner or with such volume so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort, or repose of persons.
A municipal civil infraction citation is a written complaint or notice prepared by an authorized city official, directing a person to appear in court regarding the occurrence or existence of a municipal civil infraction violation by the person cited.
A municipal civil infraction violation notice is a written notice prepared by an authorized city official, directing a person to appear at the city municipal civil infractions bureau and to pay the fines and costs, if any, prescribed for the violation by the schedule of civil fines adopted by the city.
The bureau is located at city hall, 414 E. Main Street, and shall be under the supervision and control of the city treasurer.
|Description||1st Violation||1st Repeat Violation||2nd or Subsequent Violation|
|Municipal standards||$ 350.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Cabarets||$ 125.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Special Events||$ 100.00||$ 200.00||$ 500.00|
|Animals||$ 25.00||$ 50.00||$ 75.00|
|State Construction Code||$ 350.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Property Maintenance Code||$ 50.00||$ 125.00||$ 500.00|
|Numbering of residences and buildings||$ 25.00||$ 50.00||$ 75.00|
|Business Registration||$ 250.00||$ 350.00||$ 500.00|
|Peddlers/Solicitors||$ 350.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Cemeteries||$ 350.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Nuisances||$ 150.00||$ 250.00||$ 500.00|
|Nuisances (30-36)||$ 150.00||$ 250.00||$ 500.00|
|Nuisances (30-39)||$ 50.00||$ 250.00||$ 500.00|
|Fire Prevention Code||$ 350.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Burning||$ 50.00||$ 100.00||$ 50.00|
|Division of unplatted land||$ 500.00||$1,000.00||$1,000.00|
|Residential refuse collection||$ 50.00||$ 150.00||$ 500.00|
|Playing in streets||$ 50.00||$ 150.00||$ 500.00|
|Sidewalks||$ 50.00||$ 150.00||$ 500.00|
|Stopping, Standing & Parking||$ 150.00||$ 250.00||$ 500.00|
|Bicycle license||$ 25.00||$ 50.00||$ 75.00|
|Water supply system||$ 350.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Water, sanitary sewer and storm drain extensions||$ 350.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Trees||$ 250.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
|Weeds/grass||$ 125.00||$ 250.00||$ 500.00|
|Zoning||$ 250.00||$ 500.00||$ 500.00|
M. Hiatt Jr.
J. Lyons Sr.
Wendell D. Myers
Bruce Ferguson (Current Chief)