County board OKs police contract with Hesperia

February 8, 2024

County board OKs police contract with Hesperia

By Allison Scarbrough, News Editor

HESPERIA — It has been years since the Village of Hesperia has had a police force, so Oceana County sheriff’s deputies step in to provide protection.

The Oceana County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a one-year contract renewal with the village to continue providing police patrols. The board took action during its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 8.

The agreement includes 48-hour-a-week coverage by Oceana County deputies. The contract states that the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office “works in cooperation with the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office to ensure a duplication of services does not occur.” The village is uniquely situated in both counties.

The village wants one deputy patrolling at a time, the contract states, and it pays the county $65 per hour for the service.

Last month, the board approved similar contracts with the Village of Walkerville and Grant Township to provide additional patrol hours from the sheriff’s office. 

“Deputies can sign up to work on their days off in these different jurisdictions and make overtime money when they are available to,” said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

“The Hesperia Police Department is currently suspended. Their MCOLS (Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards) license is suspended, because they do not have any staff,” said the sheriff.

Walkerville still has a small police department, but lacks staff. “It’s been very, very difficult for them to have patrol hours out there. The village thought that it would be more productive to contract with us.”

The board entered into previous contracts with Hesperia in 2022 and 2023.

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