Welcome to the City's Police Department


Non-Emergency number for Central Dispatch

David Kirk, Chief of Police

409 S. Whittemore Street
P.O. Box 477
St. Johns, MI  48879
Phone:  989-224-6721
Fax:  989-224-2320

Office Hours
Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Closed
Officers are available 24/7 - 365 days a year by calling 911

2018 Police Annual Report

A message from the Chief of Police:

The St. Johns Police Department would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  As a department, we make it a practice to post items of interest on our site in hopes of enhancing communications and information sharing between our agency and the public we take pride in serving.

Whether you are a resident, employed somewhere in the city or simply here to patronize one of our great local businesses it becomes quickly apparent that St. Johns has a shared community wide commitment to make and keep our city a great place to be.

The efforts of the men and women of our department in partnership with our residents have established St. Johns as one of the safest communities in Michigan.  It is one of our primary objectives to ensure that the time you spend here in our city, however extensive or brief, is safe and fully enjoyable.

As part of our commitment to be continually improving our services, we welcome any comments, suggestions or questions you may have regarding our agency. 

Please remember that we as the St. Johns Police Department are here for you, our community whenever needed.  As our motto indicates we are forever “Ready to Protect, Proud to Serve”. 

Police Department Motto:

“Ready to Protect, Proud to Serve”

Mission Statement:

Commit to having each member of our department utilize the full potential of their knowledge, skills and abilities in order to provide protection, justice and service to all those entrusted to our care.

Abandoned Vehicle Auctions

None scheduled at this time.  Future auctions will be updated in this space.

City Parking Permits

A Permit is required to park in any City Parking Lot overnight or for more than two hours during the day.  Permits can be purchased from the Police Department during regular office hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Permits are priced per year when purchased in January and pro-rated each month after that.  Questions regarding parking permits and current pricing can be directed to 989-224-6721. 

Report a Street Light Problem

Fun Links for Children of All Ages

Links below will take you away from this site.  The St Johns Police Department takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations, views, accuracy, copyright or trademark compliance or legality of the material contained on this server.

The Official Michigan kids Site - www.michigan.gov/mikids

FBI's Site for Kids - www.fbi.gov/fbikids.htm

About the FBI; Working Dogs; Safety; Games; Follow a case through the FBI Lab; Take a Special Agent Challenge; Spend a day in the life of an FBI Employee; Read about the History of the FBI

St. Johns City Watch

To keep our community the safe place we enjoy, “It takes a Village”

There are a variety of strategies employed to keep a community safe and secure.  The most effective of those is a cooperative, positive relationship between the Police Department and all of our essential community components including schools, local businesses, residents and visitors.  With that in mind, we have revamped our local crime prevention initiative as the “St. Johns City Watch”.  The new program creates assigned watch districts with a dedicated liaison Police Officer from our department.  The primary objective is to engage and utilize our community partners to be attentive to and report activities and/or issues that need police attention or intervention such as:

  • Suspicious persons or activities observed near you
  • Suspicion of someone using, selling or providing illegal drugs
  • Persons who are know to be wanted by the police
  • Concerns about the possible abuse or neglect of a child or other vulnerable person

If you have observed any of these activities or something else you feel needs the attention of the police you can report them at any time by calling 989-224-6721 or email dkirk@sjpolice.org  We would also welcome you to participate as member or even a “Watch Captain” in our City Watch program.  For more information on how to join, please contact our department. 

**Please remember that any time an emergency exists or you witness a crime in progress you should dial 911 and request the police. 

St. Johns City Watch Green Shirt Project

As part of the City Watch project, we are outfitting City Watch team members with high visibility green t-shirts which display our City Watch emblem.  It is our hopes that these green shirts become a symbol of the partnership between the Police Department and the community which is committed to keeping our city as safe as possible. If you enjoying walking, bicycling or really any other activity outdoors or would be willing to wear the shirt while you are out and about in the city we would appreciate the assistance. 

Nuisance Ordinances

These Ordinances are in PDF format; please click on any to view and/or download.

Helpful Links

Auxiliary Officer

Qualification Requirements

Each candidate, to be a member of the Auxiliary Division shall be at least 18 years of age, have a good character and reputation. They must also have a high school diploma, or GED, and a valid Michigan driver's license. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, reside within 20 miles of the City of St Johns and be free of any criminal violations. Candidates must be free of any disabilities that would prevent functioning in any capacity required of a regular officer. Upon conditional offer of appointment all candidates are required to submit to a drug test.

Upon completion of the application for Auxiliary Officer it will be forwarded to the Lieutenant. After a background check has been completed, the Lieutenant will present them to the Chief for approval.

All Auxiliary Officers are deemed at-will employees serving at the pleasure and discretion of the Chief of Police.

Powers of Auxiliary Officers

Auxiliary Officers possess only those powers granted private citizens under Michigan law. They may take enforcement type action only when working under the direct supervision of an MCOLES (Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards) certified police officer.

Auxiliary Officers shall be subjected to all laws and regulations that are applicable under the State of Michigan and City of St. Johns ordinances.

Auxiliary Officers shall exercise only the power and authority of a civilian.

Anyone interested in becoming an Auxiliary Officer may apply at the Police Department.


The City of St. Johns Police Department is providing the information on this Website as a public service. Although all information on this site is expected to be accurate, complete and timely, the City does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. While very effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information provided on this Website, the City makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding the errors or omissions and assumes no liability or responsibility for improper or incorrect information or data described and/or contained within this Website. This data and information are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such.