Department Details

The Manistee City Police Department is a young, progressive department with many plans for the future. The department works in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and rescue services to provide the best service to the community and its guests. The department currently has a staff of 13 full time certified officers and one part time secretary and averages 1,400 documented complaints annually.

Currently there are five patrol cars which patrol 40 miles of city streets. The department also has a car for the detective sergeant’s use. During the summer months there is a bike patrol for community policing and summer events. Officers regularly conduct foot patrols throughout the downtown area, the Riverwalk and local beaches. A Polaris Ranger beach vehicle funded by a Local Revenue Sharing Grant will allow officers to patrol the beaches more effectively and respond to emergencies more quickly.

Manistee City Police Department Mission Statement

It is our sworn mission to safeguard life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, enforce the law and protect the rights of all citizens.

Vision Statement

To be seen as a department dedicated to protecting life, property and maintaining order while assuring fair and equal treatment to all.

Our Values

We pride ourselves in conducting ourselves in a manner which brings honor to ourselves, the department and the City of Manistee.
  • Respect - We respect the individual rights, human dignity and the value of all members of our community and the department.
  • Integrity - We are committed to nurturing the public trust by holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professional conduct.
  • Dedication - We are committed to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service to the community with the goal of enhancing the quality of life within the City of Manistee.
  • Excellence - We are committed to achieving a level of performance that exceeds all expectations.

Residential Checks

The Manistee City police officers, in conjunction with the Michigan State Police and the Manistee County Sheriff Office, perform random residence checks throughout the year. These random checks are done to verify registered sex offenders that reside within the city are compliant with their registration obligations.

If you have questions regarding a registered sex offender that resides in your neighborhood, contact the Manistee City Police Department and we can check to see if they are in compliance with the laws. You can also find more information on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry website.


The City of Manistee Police Department has a variety of equipment that it uses in its day to day operations. Some of their equipment includes:
  • Three Ford Taurus Police Interceptors
  • One Ford Explorer Police Interceptor
  • One Polaris Ranger
  • In-Car Mobile Data Terminals
  • In-Car L-3 Camera System

Useful Documents

About Mr. Kozal 

Timothy Kozal is the Public Safety Director for the City of Manistee. Director Kozal began working for the City of Manistee in April of 2017. Mr. Kozal retired from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety after 23 ½ years. Mr. Kozal is certified as a Police Officer, Firefighter and Medical First Responder.