Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 7,953
Agency Size: 19 total – 15 sworn; 4 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Portage Department of Public Safety; Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety; Sturgis Police Department; Cass County Sheriff’s Department; and South Bend Police Department
Grant Focus Area(s): Technology; Narcotics Trafficking; Firearm-related Crime
The Three Rivers, Michigan, Police Department (TRPD) has a staff of 19 people, including 15 sworn officers, serving a population of almost 8,000 individuals. In addition to 24-hour policing services, the TRPD also provides canine services for narcotics detection and suspect tracking; participates in the Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) narcotics unit, the St. Joseph County Special Response Team, and the St. Joseph County Major Crimes Taskforce; and is a sponsor of the Three Rivers Academic Mentoring (TRAM). In recent years, the violent crime rate for Three Rivers has been higher than the average violent crime rate for the state of Michigan. Specifically, Three Rivers is experiencing violent crime challenges around narcotics trafficking and weapons-related violence.
The TRPD intends to use funding for an automated license plate reader (ALPR) program to increase its investigative capacity and monitor potential threats or suspects entering or leaving the community. The ALPR program will allow the department to receive real-time alerts when the ALPR identifies a license plate or vehicle matching specific physical characteristics. Three Rivers hopes to implement proactive patrols and technology to reduce narcotics trafficking and firearms-related crime in their community.