Public Safety

Department of Public Safety

Welcome to the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety website. Working together with the community, the department strives to provide a safe place to live, work, learn, and visit. The men and women of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety are dedicated to service and committed to excellence.
BRDPS Building

The Big Rapids Police Department consists of uniformed officers who work 12-hour patrol shifts, detectives for investigations and service officers who assist in parking enforcement. The Police Department is a proactive, problem solving department with a strong community-oriented focus. We seek public interaction in a variety of ways in order to develop and maintain a positive relationship with our community. Our mission is to be a department that is dedicated to service and committed to excellence. Our goal is to provide the best and most professional police department to our residents and community.

The Fire Division continues to serve the City of Big Rapids and the Townships of Barton, Green and Norwich. We are a combination department consisting of 9 full time and 17 part paid firefighters. In addition to the above listed areas, we provide medical first response at an emergency medical technician basic level to Grant Township and Colfax Township. The Fire Division enjoys an ISO rating of 4, evidence of our modern fire ground tactics and aggressive training. We will also work to build on community programs such as fire prevention, community CPR, and smoke detector programs.