The Negaunee Police Department has been serving the community for well over a century, ever since the creation of the first Special Police in 1868. That first force had a staff of 5 men: Charles Crowley, Patrick Driscoll, Peter Brown, George Smith and Jeremiah Donovan. Work on the first town hall and jail building, which cost $10,000.00, began in 1865 when Negaunee became a village. And in 1873, when Negaunee became a city, Charles Crowley was elected to hold the first office of Police Chief, with Michael Lobb, Michael O'Leary, Granville Lobb and Hiram Peck being elected to the offices of Constable.
Today the force is not much bigger, consisting of the Chief of Police, six sworn officers and a civilian clerk; however, our case load is vastly different from departments of the past. We currently handle anywhere from 2,300 to 2,500 cases each year involving larcenies, burglaries, assaults, sex crimes, child neglect, narcotics and a myriad of other crimes and non-criminal issues. In addition to handling complaints and investigating crimes, the Negaunee Police Department enjoys a strong relationship with the Negaunee schools and organizations such as TRIAD and Irontown Association. Look for your police department at community events such as holiday parades, National Night Out parties, Heikki Lunta WinterFest and the Pioneer Days celebrations. Our officers are committed to working alongside other agencies to improve the quality of life in our city.
For those of you who have never been inside the police department, we invite you to come down and see what we're all about. Maybe you would like to arrange a tour for your child's scout troop or sports team, or simply pay us a visit to get answers to any questions you might have. Whatever the reason you decide to stop by, we look forward to seeing you!
Officer Russell Rogers on his cycle and in an article about the big snow of '38
(Photo on left) Officers Hafeman and Van Straten receiving award for professionalism
(Photo on right) 1988 Negaunee Police Department
Chiefs of Police through the years
THIS LIST MAY BE INCOMPLETE AS RECORDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S EARLY YEARS ARE NOT READILY AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH. THE YEAR EACH OFFICER BEGAN ACTING AS CHIEF IS LISTED (IF KNOWN). IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE PAST CHIEFS OF POLICE, ESPECIALLY PRIOR TO 1960, WE WOULD WELCOME THAT KNOWLEDGE.
Charles Crowley - Elected 1873
Bert Agnoli - 1927 to ?
William Newcombe - 1910's
Samuel Ford - 1930's
Arne Pynnonen - 1930's to 1950's
Kenneth Roberts - 1950's to 60's
Ralph Carlson - 1960's to 1970's
Donald Robare - 1970's
Robert Johnson - (Retired 1978)
Wayne Parkkonen - 1978 (Retired 1981)
William Treloar - 1981 (Retired 1989)
Paul Waters - 1989 (Retired 2004)
Jay Frusti - 2004 (Current Chief of Police)
CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW A DRIVING LEAFLET DISTRIBUTED BY CHIEF OF POLICE SAMUEL FORD. THIS PAMPHLET IS ALSO ON DISPLAY AT THE DEPARTMENT.