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Police Department

Dale E. Nelson, Chief of Police
Email dnelson@ci.belding.mi.us


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120 S. Pleasant Street
Belding, Michigan 48809
Phone: (616) 794-1900
Fax: (616) 794-0091
Emergencies: Phone 911

Office Hours
Mon-Thu 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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The Belding Police Department provides twenty four hour community orientated policing to the City of Belding. The department consists of 8 sworn police officers, Chief of Police, 2 Sergeants, 5 patrol officers. In addition the police department has an active reserve unit with a compliment of 14 officers. Also a school crossing guard is provided for Ellis Elementary School.

The department performs many services including traffic enforcement, ordinance enforcement, accident investigation, and criminal investigations. We also perform proactive community related programs, vacation house checks bicycle patrols on the city pathway, vehicle inspections, school safety talks and classroom visits.

The Police Reserve program is a valuable asset to the Belding police department and the community. The Police Reserve provides security at school functions, athletic events and community programs. Reserve officers also ride along with sworn officers for extra assistance during high service periods. Reserves sponsor a Bicycle Rodeo in May each year and a senior citizen dinner during the holidays.

The full-time sworn officers of the department perform traffic enforcement, ordinance enforcement, accident and criminal investigations and general patrol activity. They also perform community related programs, vacation house checks, bike patrol, child safety seat inspections, vehicle inspections, school safety talks and classroom visits.

The Police Reserve program is a valuable asset to the Belding police department and the community. The Police Reserve provides security at school functions, athletic events and community programs. Reserve officers also ride along with sworn officers for extra assistance during high service periods. Reserves sponsor a Bicycle Rodeo in May each year and a senior citizen dinner during the holidays.

Duties

Belding Police officers are multifunctional officers who are trained and experienced in handling almost any police related situation that occurs in the city. Some of the basic responsibilities include general patrol for the purpose of traffic enforcement, prevention and detection of crimes or hazardous situations. Police officers are sworn to enforce city ordinance, state law and federal law. Officers respond to calls for service that include both criminal and non-criminal matters. Department members investigate crimes, accidents, and city ordnance code violations.

Code enforcement is an important role that the police department performs because it helps maintain a safe and clean environment for residents and visitors.

The major area involved in code enforcement is environment, abandoned motor vehicles, nuisances, noise control, and blight.

Abandoned Motor Vehicles
Accumulation or storage on public and private property
Abandoned Scrap vehicles
Unregistered vehicles
Storing of one or more disabled vehicles

Nuisances
Are not to be created or maintained
Throwing or leaving in any public place anything that would be detrimental to public health
Pollution of any stream or waterway
Indecent or obscene materials
Damaged or decaying structures and all excavations in excess of 90 days
All dangerous or unguarded excavations or machinery in any public place or private property as to attract the public
The owning or driving of a vehicle that allows the load to deposited on the street

Noise Control
Horns and Signaling devices
Radios, Televisions
Loudspeakers and Amplifiers
Yelling and Shouting
Animals and Birds
Exhausts
Loading and Unloading and opening of boxes
Construction or repairing buildings 7a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday
Creation of excessive noise near schools, courts, churches,
Any Device used to attract attention

Blight
Building Materials
Junk automobiles
Junk, trash, rubbish, or refuse of any kind

Causes of Blight
Parking or storage of junk automobiles outside
Storage of building materials in excess of 10 days
Storage or accumulation of junk, trash rubbish or refuse of any kind
Any structure that has fallen to disrepair needs to be maintained, replaced or demolished

Vegetation
Grass that exceeds ten (10) inches

Sidewalks
Must be free of ice and snow within 24 hours of the weather event.

Solid Waste
Enforcement of city brush and leave pickup schedules
No brush or leaves shall be placed in the roadway, only adjacent to curb or roadway and as close as practicable for pickup. Brush may not be placed at the curb until the 18th of the month and no later than 7 a.m. on the Monday of the last full week of the month. Only one pick per month per parcel or residence starting in March through October.
Yard Waste may be placed adjacent to the curb or road edge in biodegradable bags (paper bags) by 7 a.m. Friday. Pick up will be done weekly April thru October. Bags shall not exceed 35 lbs and shall not contain rocks, large tree branches, or household garbage or refuse.
Enforcement of container placement 6 a.m. day of pick up

For assistance with code enforcement issues, please call 616-794-1900, Ext. 226.

Belding Police Officers are responsible for the apprehension of criminals and wanted individuals. Members of the department routinely respond to non-criminal matters such as child custody, property, and other situations where police are called to keep the peace.

The safety and protection of the citizens of Belding is paramount for the department, and we continue to train and prepare for the challenges of the 21st century. Community-oriented police officers help us to achieve our goals and make the community proud of their police department.


Dale E. Nelson
Belding Chief of Police

Police Department Downloads
Fee Schedule
Vacation Check Request Form
Site Information Sheet

Police Department Personnel
Click to view roster

Department Vehicles
4 marked patrol cars
1 animal control pickup truck
1 administrative unit
5 police mountain bikes

Two of the mountain bikes were donated to the department and the animal control pickup truck was from a drug forfeiture.


House and Vacation Watch
Officers will periodically inspect vacant homes upon request. Notifying the police department also provides us with a way to contact you or another designated person if there is a problem at your home. If you are leaving town for an extended time please contact us by phone in person, by mail or fax. You will be required to complete a vacation check form (download). The form is also available at our office.