Police Department



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

Report it
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.

Contact Us

  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. - 6 p.m.

    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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