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.

City Parking Permits

A Permit is required to park in any City Parking Lot.  Permits can be purchased from the Police Department during regular office hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Permits are $75 per year when purchased in January and pro-rated each month after that.  Questions regarding parking permits 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.

McGruff the Crime Dog; National Crime Prevention Council - www.mcgruff.com

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

U.S. Government Interagency Kids' Portal - www.kids.gov

FBI's Site for Kids K thru 5th Grade - www.fbi.gov/fbikids.htm

About the FBI; Working Dogs; Safety; Games - www.fbi.gov/fbikids.htm

FBI's Site for Kids 6th thru 12th Grade

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

Silent Observer

Do you know...

  • Someone who is wanted by the Police?
  • Someone who is using/selling/manufacturing narcotics or controlled substances?
  • The whereabouts of some stolen property?
  • Of suspected spouse or child abuse in a friend's, family's or neighbor's home?
  • Of someone planning to commit a crime?...or who has already committed one?
  • ...and do YOU want to do something about it!?

Call 989-224-6721 Now!
or, email us at 

Please have as much information as you know ready when you call.  Include some or all of the following:

  • Names, age, races, genter, etc.
  • Addresses
  • Vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers
  • Associates
  • Locations
  • Times/dates
  • Drug types/amount

All information given will be kept confidential

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.