Police Primer: How City, County and State Serve Brighton
Three police entities watch over Brighton and Brighton Township. Here's a look at their roles.
Brighton residents should rest easy knowing that they have three different police entities watching over them. And while all emergency calls are routed through the Livingston County Dispatch Center, the state, county and city police each has its own purpose to serve, and specific area of Brighton to cover.
Brighton City Police
Lt. Jon Westendorf of The Brighton City Police Department says that the city police force is composed of 21 officers who are responsible for all calls that come from within the city limits, which according to the U.S. Census Bureau, covers 3.7 square miles.
"We are the city police, so everything within city limits is our responsibility," Westendorf said.
The Brighton City Police Department offers routine, emergency and investigative serivices 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, according to the department's website. Daily office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Police reports may be filed by residents at the police headquarters during those times.
440 South Third St., Brighton, MI
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Livingston County Sheriff Department
Westendorf says that both the county and state police are responsible for patrolling Brighton Township, which according to the U.S. Census Bureau covers 34.6 square miles of land-much more than the city police are responsible for.
The Livingston County Sheriff Department has 30 road patrol officers and also has a detective bureau consisting of eight detectives, two narcotics officers, a property room manager, secretary, fire investigation unit and tactical team.
The department is housed inside the Livingston County Jail building that currently holds 254 inmates, according to the department's website. This means that the Sheriff department regularly deals in court-related affairs.
"We are a county agency with a jail—this means that we deal with a lot of court proceedings and inmate and post-arrest services," said Lt. Don Jakrzweski of the Livingston County Sheriff Department.
Jakzrewski said Brighton Township residents should make police reports by calling 911.
"Our 911 dispatch services handles both emergency as well as non-emergency calls. Reports can be made through them," Jakrzewski said.
Livington County Sheriff Department
150 S. Highlander Way, Howell, MI
Hours: 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Michigan State Police Brighton Post #12
The Michigan State Police, who have a post located in Brighton Township on Old US-23, also respond to calls from Brighton Township. All emergency calls that come from Brighton, whether from within the city or the township, are routed through the Livingston County Dispatch Center in Howell, Westendorf said. Therefore, all calls that come from Brighton Township are given to either the state police or the sheriff's department based on who has a patrol car closest to the call.
The Sheriff's department occasionally calls in the state police to assist with specific services, said Sergeant Mark Thompson of the State Police Brighton Post.
"We really only get called in by the county sheriff to either help direct traffic, or to assist with fires that have an undetermined cause," said Thompson.
State Police Brighton Post
4803 Old US-23 Brighton, MI
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.