COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Traverse City calls:
Civil process /
Jail Control Room:
231-882-4484, Ext. 235
231-882-4484, Ext. 243
231-882-4484, Ext. 223
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Sheriff - Ted Schendel
Undersheriff - TBD
Communications Director - Ron Berns
Detective Bureau - Det/Sgt David Tucker
Jail Administrator - Jeffrey
Jail Clerk - Jackie Randall
Jail Nurse - Cindy Geiser
Jail Control Room
|Location / Address
505 Michigan Ave. (US-31)
Beulah, MI 49617
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday
11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jail Visitation Hours:
• Family and friends
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m.
• Attorneys and Program
Monday – Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 am
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Note: Professional visits have a
one-hour limit, unless approved
Communications Division – Emergency dispatching of police, fire, and EMS.
Records Division – Accident Reports, Applications for Carry Concealed Weapons
permits (CWW), fingerprinting for CCW along with applicant fingerprints for other
uses, License to Purchase handguns, registering of handguns, free gun locks.
Detective Bureau – Criminal investigations, School Resource Officer, DARE
Patrol Division –Patrolling county roads and highways, issuing citations,
performing criminal investigations, arresting violators of the law, serving civil
Corrections Division –Processing and supervision of all arrested and incarcerated
persons by the Benzie County Sheriff's office, and other law enforcement organizations
operating in Benzie County.
- Animal Control – See the Animal Control
- COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Benzie County Communications Division is responsible for all emergency dispatching
within Benzie County. This includes Police, Fire, EMS and also the City of Frankfort.
Along with all the duties involved with emergency dispatching, they are also responsible
for administrative calls.
The Emergency Communications Specialists (Dispatchers) are all LEIN (Law Enforcement
Information Network) certified and are also certified in EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch)
with testing done annually to maintain these certifications.
The Communications Division is a part of the Sheriff's Office and overseen by a Director
who reports directly to the Sheriff and Undersheriff. The Communications Director
is a member of Michigan Communications Directors Association.
Funding for Benzie County 9-1-1 is solely based on surcharges attached to both wireline
and wireless phones. Regulations regarding these surcharges can be obtained through
the State of Michigan Web site and going to
ETSC (Emergency Telephone Services Committee: Michigan
State Police - Emergency Telephone Service Committee - 911 Administrative Section.
Partial funding for training is also provided through the ETSC in the form of a grant.
The Records Division of the Benzie County Sheriff's Office can provide you with
copies of Accident Reports, Applications for Carry Concealed Weapons permits (CWW),
fingerprinting for CCW along with applicant fingerprints for other uses. The Records
Division is responsible for providing License to Purchase handguns and registering
all handguns for the citizens of Benzie County. At the Records Division you can also
obtain free gun locks upon request.
The Records Division is open 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, however
appointments for other times can be set with advance notice. There are fees charged
for most of these services.
The Benzie county Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau consists of a Detective Sergeant
whose primary responsibility is the follow-up investigation of crimes reported to
the Road Division.
Road Patrol Deputies assigned to the Detective Bureau have specialized training in
crime scene processing, interview techniques, composite drawing, fingerprint lifting
and analysis, photography, crime analysis, computer crimes and surveillance skills.
This section works closely with local, state and federal forensic laboratories and
maintains a working relationship with other investigators from other local agencies.
When requested, the Detective Bureau assists other local police agencies with the
investigation of major crimes or undercover operations.
The primary responsibility of the Patrol Division is to provide the highest quality
of public services and safety to the citizens and visitors of Benzie County.
Benzie County is situated in Northwestern Lower Michigan. Covering approximately
340 square miles, consisting of 54 named lakes and numerous smaller ones, and 25
miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline. The Benzie County Sheriffs’ Office serves a population
of 15,998. Our population grows seasonally to approximately 43,000 during the summer
tourist period, which can pose unique challenges for law enforcement.
Despite the elimination of Patrol Division positions, due to the 2005 millage failure,
we continue to provide the best possible protection we can with the resources remaining.
With a Patrol Division Staff of 5 Deputies and 2 Sergeants, we provide primary law
enforcement services to the Benzie County community.
Services provided by our Patrol Division include patrolling the roads and highways
of Benzie County, issuing citations, performing criminal investigations, arresting
violators of the law and serving civil process.
The Corrections Division of the Benzie County Sheriff's Office is responsible
for processing and supervision of all arrested and incarcerated persons by the Benzie
County Sheriff's office, and other law enforcement organizations operating in Benzie
The Benzie County Jail Policies and Procedures have been established with guidance
of the Michigan Department of Corrections, Administrative Rules for Jails and Lock-ups.
Our facility has received Total Compliance Awards with the Administrative Rules for
five straight years, with our most recent inspection being on April 14, 2010.
The Michigan Sheriff's Training and Coordinating Council certify and annually recertify
all members of our correctional staff.
Benzie County Jail Mission Statement
To serve as a detention facility for lawfully incarcerated individuals. To assure
the public safety by securely maintaining the custody of theses individuals in a
secure and cost effective environment that is safe for both the inmates and staff.
Acknowledging that incarceration is, in and of itself punishment, programs offered
within the scope of this facility will strive to address the social, educational,
and behavioral needs of the inmate.
Through the application of a behavior based method of detention, by using and maintaining
the highest possible staff recruitment standards and the continuous training of that
staff, we will strive to create an environment that allows inmates to use their time
incarcerated in a productive manner and prepare them for re-entry back into the public
no worse physically, emotionally or psychologically than when they entered the facility.
The administration and the staff are committed to the preservation of the Constitutional
human rights of all inmates. The Benzie County Jail is operated under the direction
of the Sheriff of Benzie County, specifically pursuant to Michigan law. Further,
the Administrative Rules for Jails and Lockups, as established by the Michigan Department
of Corrections, shall serve as the primary operational guide.
Understanding Rules and Regulations of County Jails
WHAT IS A JAIL:
Jails are facilities designed for holding persons accused of committing a crime or
those serving some sentences of crimes, after conviction. People awaiting trial are
referred to as “detainees.” On average, one half of the people in jails are detainees.
The remainder of the jail population are inmates, serving their sentences in the
Today's jails house a broad variety of inmates. These include convicted offenders
awaiting sentencing, witnesses who might need protective custody, probation and parole
violators, persons wanted by other jurisdictions in Michigan and other states, boardings
from other counties to eliminate jail overcrowding problems, and in some cases, juvenile
The Benzie County Jail has a classification system in place, as many jails do, which
determines in which areas of the jail an offender will be housed. Some jails, however,
are too small to separate different types of offenders.
Inmates do not get to choose whether they will have a cellmate, or choose who their
cellmate will be. Inmates can be moved at any time, at the discretion of the correctional
In the United States, there are roughly 3,250 jails. All 83 counties in the State
of Michigan have some type of jail facility.
Many times friends and families of inmates are frustrated because they recognize
the need for their loved one's need for help with a drug or alcohol problem. In most
cases, the availability of these programs depends upon the size of the jail facility.
The Benzie County Correctional Facility offers programs in Alcoholics Anonymous,
substance abuse, church and bible studies and crisis counseling. The Benzie County
Jail also provides inmates the opportunity to earn their General Education Diploma
(GED), while incarcerated.
Visitation helps everyone involved with the inmate. Visitation can boost the
morale of your loved one and make his or her transition into and out of incarceration
more bearable. Visits can also help to keep your relationship with your loved one
be more stable.
Visitation can be a stressful and frustrating experience not only for the inmate,
but also for his or her family and friends. The Benzie County Jail has specific rules
and regulations governing visitation. This is for security of the institution and
to allow the visitation process to be a smooth experience for the inmates, families,
friends and the jail staff.
The Administration and staff of the Benzie County Jail want you to have a pleasant
experience, however, all aspects of the visits need to be controlled to ensure the
safety of all. The following information will tell you what to expect and explain
the “do's and don'ts” about the visitation process.
- Visits are held at the Benzie County Jail three (3) times each week to permit
inmates to visit with family members and friends.
- Visitation dates and times must be scheduled by inmates only.
- Visits are twenty (20) minutes long.
- Inmates are limited to two visitors at a time, inclusive of infants.
- Visitors under seventeen (17) years of age must be supervised a parent or legal
guardian to visit with any inmate.
- All visitors will be required to show proof of their identity.
- All visitors are required to register at the dispatch window. Sign next to inmates’
name and phone the control room to advise they are there and whom they want to visit.
- All visitors are required to turn over all funds, clothing, and legal papers
for inmates to the control room before visiting. All letters must be sent through
- Visitors are subject to search by jail personnel.
- ANIMAL CONTROL
See the Animal Control Department page
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