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What is the Police Department's contact information?
What are your normal business hours?
I received a parking ticket. What happens if I don’t take care of it?
I need to have my fingerprints taken for employment purposes. Will the police department do this for me?
Will the police department help me if I lock my keys in my car?
I had a traffic accident on the roadway; do I have to make a police report?
I had an accident with my vehicle on private property. Do I need to report this?
I am considering hiring a new employee but would like to know if he/she has a criminal history. How can I find out this information?
Occasionally I see Village officers outside the Village limits. Can they write me a ticket when they are outside the Village?
We are leaving for vacation. Will the police department watch our home?
We have a stray dog hanging around our house. Will the police pick it up?

What is the Police Department's contact information?
In case of emergency, call 911. The office phone number is 231-533-5678, the police fax is 231-533-8753; or use this email address. Bellaire Police Department offices are located in the the lower level of the Community Hall at 202 North Bridge Street. For more information, go to the Police Department's page. (Back to top.)


What are your normal business hours?
Office hours for the Bellaire Police Department are based on a rotating schedule. We try and have an officer available from 8a-4p on most weekdays, which is consistent with the hours of the village government. The Bellaire Police Department will usually have 16 hours of coverage per day. (Back to top.)


I received a parking ticket. What happens if I don't take care of it?
After the receipt of any ticket, an individual has 10 days to take care of the ticket through the District Court. Parking ticket prices vary as do most other fines for traffic offenses. If not handled within the 10 day period, the court can suspend an individual’s drivers license through the Secretary of State. (Back to top.)


I need to have my fingerprints taken for employment purposes. Will the police department do this for me?
The Bellaire Police Department no longer handles any fingerprinting for volunteer or employment purposes. The Antrim County Sheriff's Office will handle all fingerprinting with respect to employment and volunteering. The State of Michigan now requires fingerprints to be done by "livescan." Livescan is a digital fingerprint machine, and the Sheriff's office is the only place in Antrim County that has one. The State of Michigan charges a fee for the use of the livescan (approximately $70). (Back to top.)


Will the police department help me if I lock my keys in my car?
The Bellaire Police Department is the only law enforcement agency in Antrim County that will help to unlock vehicles. As long as you sign a liability waiver, we will do our best to get you into your vehicle quickly. If we are unable to gain access to your vehicle, we will call a locksmith and have them respond to your location to gain access. (Back to top.)


I had a traffic accident on the roadway; do I have to make a police report?
Yes. The Michigan Department of Transportation keeps statistics on all accidents that occur on Michigan roadways. Make sure to report the accident before leaving the scene by calling 911. Additionally, most insurance companies require a police report before they will process an insurance claim. (Back to top.)


I had an accident with my vehicle on private property. Do I need to report this?

You are not required by law to report the accident, but most insurance companies will request that you have a police report before handling the claim. (Back to top.)


I am considering hiring a new employee but would like to know if he/she has a criminal history. How can I find out this information?
Local law enforcement can only run individuals criminal history through the investigation of a criminal complaint. Citizens can obtain criminal history information through the ICHAT website for a fee. This website is a government website that many schools and churches use to obtain information on their volunteers. (Back to top.)


Occasionally I see Village officers outside the Village limits. Can they write me a ticket when they are outside the Village?
Yes. Even though the Bellaire Police Department patrols the village and handles complaints within the village limits, all the village police officers are deputized by the Antrim County Sheriff’s Department. Our main focus is to patrol and protect the village and its residents, but on many occasions we will respond to complaints and suspicious situations outside the village. (Back to top.)


We are leaving for vacation. Will the police department watch our home?
Yes. We have an online form that if submitted will allow officers on both the day and evening shifts to monitor your home for any suspicious activity. Information regarding any guests, maintenance work, pets and vehicles left in the drive is useful to include. Feel free to call the office and talk with an officer as well. (Back to top.)


We have a stray dog hanging around. Will the police pick it up?
Yes and no. With any animal issues, whether it is barking dogs or animals running at large, we would prefer that you contact the Antrim County Animal Control. They are located in Bellaire, and maintain the animal shelter as well. The animal control officers are better equipped to handle dogs and cats than most police officers, and in most cases are familiar with problem animals. If animal control is not available, feel free to call for a police officer. We will try and catch any dog or cat and will then take them to the shelter. (Back to top.)

Village of Bellaire
202 N. Bridge St.
P.O. Box 557
Bellaire, MI 49615
231-533-8213
231-533-4183 fax
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