The Munising Police Department is made up of four patrol officers and the chief of police. Two of the patrol officers hold ranking positions so that we may offer the most efficient police services to the community as possible. The ranking positions are training sergeant and detective/lieutenant.
The chief of police is responsible for the department's supervisory and administrative duties along with some limited patrol and investigative activities. The chief of police receives direction from and answers to the city manager.
The detective/lieutenant is a trained crime scene technician/investigator. He handles investigations that are serious, complex and time consuming in nature. The det/lt. has supervisory responsibilities of chain of command in the chief's absence.
The sergeant is the department training officer and relieves the city of the burden of sending officers out of the community to acquire most of the mandated state training needs.
The duties of the officers of the police department include:
- All aspects of criminal investigations
- Traffic enforcement
- Ordinance enforcement
- Public relations activities
John Nelson, Chief
Mark Miller - Miller@cityofmunising.org
Matt Beaupied - Beaupied@cityofmunising.org
Robert Freeborn - Freeborn@cityofmunising.org
** Snowmobiling in the City of Munising **
Chief of Police John Nelson and his staff invite snowmobilers to enjoy Munising as a popular destination for recreational snowmobiling. All area groomed snowmobile trails lead to Munising.
Munising has a wide range of services to offer the snowmobile community. Motels, gas stations and restaurants and even nightlife activities are all available for those who find it convenient to drive their snowmobiles to the door of any business in town.
The city of Munising was the first city in the State of Michigan to open their streets and alleys to the operation of snowmobiles. There are a few simple rules and regulations that govern the operation of snowmobiles in town.
There is a curfew that prohibits the use of snowmobiles between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. However, in 2005 the city of Munising created a route through the business district that gives snowmobiles access to the downtown area until 2:00 a.m. You can refer to the map provided for the normal hours, the 2:00 a.m. route and the three routes through town that are always closed to snowmobile access.
Other general ordinance rules are:
- Always operate as far to right of the street as possible
- The snowmobile speed limit is 10 mph
- Routes that are closed to snowmobiles can be crossed at 90 degree angles in order to continue on allowable routes
- Traffic control signs apply to snowmobile operation
- Remember the same alcohol consumption laws apply to snowmobile operators that apply to motor vehicle operators
- As reminder, check with your motel courtesy staff or local law enforcement officers on the condition of the ice on Munising Bay before venturing out on the bay
Again, welcome to Munising and if you require assistance while visiting the Munising area, feel free to call the Munising Police Department at 387-2275.
** Winter Parking Ban **
From November 15 through April 15 of each year no vehicle shall be parked on any street between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., inclusive, within the city limits.
Any vehicle parked in violation of this Section may be removed or towed at the time it is ticketed for the third consecutive time during one winter season, defined as November 15 of any given year through April 15 of the year following. Removal will be under the direction of the City Police to any garage, or another place of storage in the city of Munising. The necessary costs of such removal and storage shall become a lien upon such vehicle, and the person or entity, including the city of Munising, into whose custody such vehicle is given, may retain it until the expenses involved have been paid.
For parking civil infraction violations (winter parking ban), the fines shall be as follows:
- For a first offense in any winter season $15.00
- For a second offense in any winter season $25.00
- For a third or subsequent offense in any winter season $40.00
Plus, in all cases, any cost to the city for removal and storage of said vehicle.