Police Department


Clay Township consists of three major public service agencies. The Mainland has the Clay Township Police Department and the Clay Township Fire Department. Harsens Island has the Harsens Island Fire Department and is patrolled by the Clay Township Police Department.

EMERGENCIES: Call 911                                                                                                    
NON EMERGENCIES: 810-794-9381


                                                     MISSION STATEMENT

"To Ensure the Safety and Security for Each Person in our Township" by being proactive and reactive in our policing programs and while performing these duties with honesty, integrity and fairness to all of our citizens and visitors.

                                                                OUR VALUES

  • Guarantee the constitutional rights of all citizens. 
  • Maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity and fairness
  • We will demonstrate honor and integrity in all that we do through ethical behavior,by the pursuit of the highest standards of professional standards in managerial,operational, and personal performance. This requires all members of the department to accept an individual responsibility for achieving the highest professional standards by demonstrating impartiality to all, regardless of color,race, sex, creed, or social position.
  • We are accountable to each other and to the citizens we serve, who are the source of our authority.
  • We are dedicated to improving the quality of work life in our department through interaction and concern for each other. We will work to enhance the relationship between the department and this community's neighborhoods. We believe that cooperation among ourselves, members of the community, governmental entities,and other enforcement agencies will enable us to combine our diverse backgrounds, skills, and styles to achieve common goals.

          Important Info From The Clay Twp Police Department 

*NEW* Operation Safe Zone
Supervisor Artie Bryson and the Clay Township Police Department would like to announce a new initiative to help citizens reduce the on-line fraud such as purchases from Craigs List.  The Police Department is announcing OPERATION SAFE ZONE.  This is where individuals can come to the Clay Township Police Department Lobby to finish their exchange of merchandise and money and feel safe.  The Lobby is recorded 24 hours a day and will be open for transactions from 8AM until 9PM seven days a week. 

We hope to eliminate or reduce violence and fraud to our citizens.  Citizens should be leery of people who refuse to meet at the police station.  We find that sellers do not like the concept of coming to the police station if they are not honest, have a warrant out for themselves or plan on deceiving or robbing a citizen of their money.  Often times if items are stolen one would be very hesitant to bring it to the Police Station. 

The Police Department will not participate in exchanges but we offer a safe haven for the citizens to conduct the transaction. 
When coming into the station please notify the dispatcher at the window the reason you are there.  The Police Department only offers you a SAFE ZONE to conduct your exchange.  Our hope is to reduce violence and fraud.  We cannot guarantee that items being purchased are legitimate.

There are no weapons allowed in the building.
There are no drugs allowed to be purchased or sold in the building.
This program is for residents of Clay Township and Ira Township.

Rx Drug Disposal Program:

As of June 1, 2011 the Clay Township Police Department is implementing  a continuous program to collect unwanted prescription drugs. We will collect the unwanted prescriptions free of charge, no questions asked.

The drop off location will be at the Clay Township Police Dept. located at 4710 Pte Tremble Rd. for Clay Twp residents. Clay Township can be a safer community by turning in these potentially dangerous drugs so they are not consumed or distributed accidentally or illegally.

Please follow the below listed guidelines:

  • We will not accept any needles
  • Remove the prescription drugs from their original containers
  • Place contents in clear plastic zip lock bag
  • Deliver the unwanted medications to the Clay Twp Police Dept.

For more information contact Sgt. Bill Cope @ 810-794-9381

Turn In A Pusher 
Clay Township Police is implementing a new program, Turn In A Pusher (T.I.P). We are seeking information regarding illegal drug trafficking. All information will be kept strictly confidential. Call (794-9381) or stop by the station for more details.

Michigan's Emergency Vehicle Caution Law

Be Aware! Michigan's Emergency Vehicle Caution Law: On two lane roads, the operator of a vehicle traveling on a roadway which only has one lane of travel for each direction shall, upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with its emergency lights activated, carefully move over into the open adjacent lane if possible. If this is not possible due to traffic, weather, or road conditions, the operator shall slow down and pass with caution, allowing vehicle as much space as possible.


Emergency Sirens

There are three emergency sirens located at the intersections of Fruit and Nook Roads, Ainsworth and Taft, as well as M-29 and Willow Court. These emergency sirens will be activated during all life threatening and potentially hazardous emergencies that affect Clay Township.

These warnings shall include such as tornados, chemical spills and homeland security issues. In emergencies the sirens will be activated for three continuous minutes. If possible the public should immediately go indoors, close all windows, doors and turnoff all air conditioners and/or furnaces. It is further recommended that citizens turn on radio station WSAQ 107.1 for additional information and updates.  The first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m., the Clay Township Police Department will activate a test of these warning sirens for one continuous minute. If you need additional information regarding the sirens or the activation procedures, please contact the Clay Township police department at 794-9381.

Citizens are reminded that 911 should be used for emergencies only.