How do I make a police report?
A Police report can be made by calling the Meceola Central Dispatch Center. For emergency dial 911, the non-emergency telephone number (231)796-4811.
How do I get a copy of a police report?
You must submit a FOIA request to the City of BIg Rapids Police Division by contacting them at (231)527-0005.
How do I file a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA)?
By filling out our FOIA request form located here and submitting it to Big Rapids Department of Pubic Safety.
How do I look up contact information for the officer who took my report?
Most officers can be contacted via voicemail or email. See our personnel page for a list of our officers and their contact information. If you are still unsure of who took your report contact the administrative secretary at (231)527-0005. Please provide your full name, complaint number and date the event occurred.
How do I obtain a copy of an accident report?
Our vendor - Lexis Nexis - provides an online service to purchase your accident report. They charge a separate fee for accessing this information.
Please click here to purchase your accident report.
How do I pay a parking ticket online?
You can pay your parking ticket directly through our vendor - Parking Ticket Payment LLC. There is a charge of $3.50 per ticket paid which is paid directly to the vendor. Please note this site is for paying tickets only and not responsible for handling ticket inquiries or disputes. If you are inquiring or disputing a ticket you must contact the City of Big Rapids Department of Pubic Safety at (231)527-0005.
(Please note - when entering your ticket number please put 4 zeroes in front of your ticket).
Click here to pay your ticket.
How do I make a complaint about an officer?
If you have a complaint concerning one of our police officers the complaint must be made by coming into the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and speaking with the on-duty Sergeant. We believe in having the highest amount of accountability and integrity when interacting with the public and as a part of that if you feel an officer was acting inappropriately or unlawfully we want to hear from you directly.
What are some common fees associated with the police division?
- Parking Tickets – Vary fees due do to late fees associated with tickets
- Civil Infraction Tickets – Civil infraction tickets, speeding tickets, etc.; can be paid at the Mecosta County Court House at 400 Elms St Big Rapids MI 49307
- Community Room – $25.00 rental with 2 to 3-hour minimum rental
- FIOA Requests – FIOA request are normally free of charge unless the requests include a video review and release
- Safety City – Safety City is a $20.00 event fee.
- Court Order PBT – $5.00 fee per visit
- Bicycle registration – $1.00 per bicycle
All Fees associated on this page could have changed and are subject to change at the direction of the Director of Public Safety. Please contact the administrative secretary for any questions associated to common fees.
How do I have the police check my house when I'm away on vacation?
Simply fill out the correct form located in our forms section. Officers will document their checks of your house while you are away.
How do I get my bicycle registered?
The City of Big Rapids does have an ordinance requiring your bicycle to be licensed, this can be done by bring your bicycle to the Department of Public Safety and the fee for the registration is $1.00.
How do I report something about the community or roadways?
The City of Big Rapids uses an online tool called SeeClickFix.
For more information please click here.
When can I get my court order PBT done?
Court order PBT’s are done at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety from 7:30 am to 8:30am. The PBT is a $5.00 per visit fee.
What are some common animal control issues?
We do not respond to a bat in your house. However, we can provide an exterminator reference. We also have city ordinances that explain prohibited animal violations. Some of those violations are: dogs not on leashes, animals at large and barking dogs. While it is not a violation, we encourage you to not allow your dog on your roof.
What do I do if I'm bit by a dog or my dog bites another person?
First, we ask that if it is a medical emergency to call 911. Secondly, we will respond and take a complaint for the dog bite. Our common approach with dog bites is to investigate the complaint and to quarantine the dog for 10 days. This is ensuring that the dog does not contain the rabies virus. This quarantine might take place either at home or at the animal shelter. Most dog bite complaints are forwarded to the Mecosta County Animal Control Officer for follow up.