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 19 full- and part-time employees 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 Dodge Chargers
  • Two Ford Expeditions
  • One Polaris Ranger
  • In-Car Mobile Data Terminals
  • In-Car L-3 Camera System
Useful Documents
About Mr. Bachman
Dave Bachman is the director of public safety and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Since 1997, he has been serving the citizens and visitors of Manistee. Chief Bachman has a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the Police Staff and Command School and is also a graduate of the National FBI Academy. Chief Bachman recently completed Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II / Hazmat training. He has been with the city since 1997.