Police Department

COVID-19 UPDATE: Jackson Police Department reopening to public on Monday, June 15. 


On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Jackson Police Department will re-open its lobby to the public. “We will continue to observe the latest guidelines from Governor Whitmer to lessen the spread of COVID- 19. We are happy to open back up to the public and look forward to moving one step closer to normal operations,” said Director Elmer Hitt.                   

The lobby will be open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. The lobby will be closed on the weekends. Precautions will be put in place to align with social distancing recommendations and to ensure staff and visitors alike are protected.                   

Here is what to expect:

  • Visitors who are medically able will be required to wear a mask while inside the building. Masks are available to those who need them.
  • Only three people will be allowed in the main lobby at any one time. Social distancing will also be practiced in the lobby.
  • Fingerprinting will resume by appointment only. Those needing fingerprints must call Jackson Police Records at (517) 788-4120 or (517) 788-4100 option #2 to make an appointment. Screening for COVID-19 symptoms including a temperature check will be conducted. Those with symptoms or a fever at or above 100.4°F will be asked to return when their symptoms have subsided.
  • Individuals wishing to retrieve property currently in the possession of the Jackson Police Department must make an appointment with Evidence Management by calling (517) 788-4100 option #3.      
Director Hitt commented further: “It has been difficult for us to serve the citizens of Jackson over the past few months for non-emergency services. Our staff is looking forward to welcoming the public back through our front door.”                        


To protect and serve, the Police Department is bestowed with the duty of safeguarding all City of Jackson citizens from crime, and helping citizens when emergencies arise. Formed in 1873, the Jackson Police Department is now one of the best trained, most well-educated departments in the state. The department utilizes a Community Policing Philosophy to patrol the 8 districts of the city which are known as PACTs.

In an effort to remain transparent to the community, Jackson citizens may get a first-hand look at standard Police Department operations through the Citizen’s Academy, a program designed to give the public a working knowledge of local law enforcement personnel and policies.


Do you have information about a past or present crime? CrimeStoppers of Mid-Michigan is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and allows you to submit your information anonymously. That information will be passed along to the proper law enforcement agency that is investigating the crime. To submit information call 517-483-7867 or visit the Crime Stoppers website

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The fight to protect our communities is a partnership. ATF is launching a new app to collect your tips involving firearms or to provide leads to help us prevent crimes from happening. Using your phone, tablet or computer, you will be able to instantly and anonymously report crimes that may be happening in your communities that involve firearms, explosives, violent crime, or arson. More information from the ATF.

Southeastern Dispute Resolution Services

Any dispute that may be resolved without court or police intervention should be handled initially by SDRS, who specializes in such disputes. These arguments include property line disputes, shared drives or simply two people just not getting along, among others. Contact the SDRS through their website or by calling 517-990-0279.

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  1. Hitt - Chief Formal
    Elmer J. Hitt

    Director of Police & Fire Services

    Elmer Hitt started his career at the Jackson Police Department in 1996 as a cadet. 
    • Promoted to Patrol Officer in 1997
    • Promoted to Sergeant in 2005
    • Promoted to Lieutenant in 2010
    • Promoted to Deputy Chief in 2015
    • Appointed as Director of Police & Fire Services in 2017
    Police Department
    216 E. Washington Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201

    Ph: 517-788-4100
    Fx: 517-788-4129
    Fx: 517-788-4126 (Records requests)
    Emergencies: 911

    Lobby Hours
    Monday - Friday
    7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
    (Lobby hours temporarily shortened due to staffing)

    Records Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Evidence Management
    Monday - Friday
    7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    (by appointment only)

    Staff Directory


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