Numbers at a Glance
|Total dispatch calls for the Sheriff's Department||Total calls by type of incident|
|CCSD's three K9 units were called to 93 total incidents|
In 2020, there were 7 fatal crashes in Calhoun County.
Calhoun County's jail saw 6,252 total bookings in 2020, which was down 38% from the previous year.
|Total 2020 bookings||Total inspections by state or federal agencies||Total meals served in the jail|
Calhoun County Corrections is responsible for courthouse security. In 2020, time spent doing these duties were lower than 2019 due to COVID-19 protocols and reduced in-person hearings.
|2020 Courts Security||2019 Courts Security|
|45,792 members of the public screened||201,866 members of the public screened|
|3,127 hours in district and circuit courtrooms||4,259 hours in district and circuit courtrooms|
|155 arrests||672 arrests|
Most significant about the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department's COVID-19 response was impressive unified coordination of law enforcement agencies countywide. This Reciprocal Law Enforcement Agreement was designed to ensure law enforcement will work together to provide services countywide in case of any reduction of force in an agency, for any reason. In 2020, this agreement also led to unified communications regarding enforcement of Executive Orders.
2020 Successes and Accomplishments
Sheriff Steve Hinkley was appointed to the role in April 2020 after Former Sheriff Matt Saxton took on a job with the Michigan Sheriff's Association. Steve Hinkley had worked at the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department for almost 30 years under five sheriffs, holding roles ranging from road patrol to detective. Read the press release about his appointment. Hinkley was then voted Sheriff in the November 2020 election.
Summit Pointe, Calhoun County's mental health agency, completed a fourth class of Crisis Intervention Team training for local law enforcement officers, including Sheriff's deputies. In CIT training, these deputies learned how to meaningfully respond to situations in which individuals are experiencing behavioral health crises. Read a Facebook post about the 2020 training, including agencies involved and helping organizations.
An arrest was made in the investigation of the homicide of Alison Sargent, after a 3-month investigation by the Major Crimes Task Force. This investigation involved multiple agencies. Watch the press conference, which was streamed to Facebook.
In 2020, the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department Victim Services Unit continued its work helping law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel during the initial trauma when an accident or death takes place. This unit assists with death notifications and provides support to the family.
Calhoun County Sheriff's Deputies participated in various goodwill events, especially in December. The annual Shop with a Cop event looked different, as it was held outside due to the pandemic, but officers from various agencies participated. Also, Calhoun County Sheriff's Deputy Picketts and Battle Creek Police Department Sgt Fickle delivered gifts to a Battle Creek family in Operation Blue Santa.