Sheriff Department

Law Enforcement Investigative Division

Phone: (616) 632-6125
Fax: (616) 632-6154

Silent Observer: (616) 774-2345
www.silentobserver.org

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department Investigative Division is committed to the highest standards of crime solving, criminal apprehension, and the successful prosecution of those responsible for violating the criminal statutes of the State of Michigan. To accomplish these standards, our Division must select and train the most motivated and skillful of individuals. Competent investigators are required to understand complex laws, proper police procedure, interviewing and interrogation techniques, communication and computer skills, along with the knowledge of appropriate processes for the collection of forensic evidence. We are committed to working with all available resources so that the quality of life, safety, and security of our community can be enhanced.

SUPERVISION

Captain Bruce Ivie
(616) 632-6187
bruce.ivie@kentcountymi.gov
Responsible for the overall operations of the Investigative Division and Transfer/Court Security.

Lieutenant Ron Gates
(616) 632-6132
ron.gates@kentcountymi.gov
Supervises sergeants and detectives assigned to the Major Case Team, Family Services, and is the public contact for internal affairs complaints.

Lieutenant Al Roetman
(616) 632-6155
alan.roetman@kentcountymi.gov
Supervises sergeants and detectives assigned to the Vice Unit, and General Case.

Sergeant Ben Cammenga
(616) 632-6172
ben.cammenga@kentcountymi.gov
First line supervisor overseeing detectives assigned to General Case.

Sergeant Todd Probst
(616) 632-6133
todd.probst@kentcountymi.gov
First line supervisor overseeing detectives assigned to Family Services, Warrants, and Friend of the Court (FOC).

Sergeant E.J. Johnson
(616) 632-6156
e.j.johnson@kentcountymi.gov
First line supervisor overseeing detectives assigned to the Major Case Team

Sergeant Dennis Albert
(616) 632-6138
dennis.albert@kentcountymi.gov
First line supervisor over detectives assigned to the Vice Unit, which includes KANET, DEA, and MET.

STAFFING LEVELS

(Staffing levels by unit assignment and description of cases assigned to these various units)

Unit Name

Number Of
Detectives Assigned

Description Of Cases Generally Assigned

Major Case
(violent crimes)

4

Homicide, arson resulting in serious injury or death, aggravated/felonious assaults resulting in serious injury, missing persons under suspicious circumstances, suicide, suspicious death, kidnapping/abduction (excluding parental kidnapping), armed/unarmed robbery, and sexual assaults involving adult victims.

Computer Crimes Unit

2

One detectives is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and one detective is assigned to the West Michigan Based Child Exploitation Task Force (WEBCHEX)

General Case

6

Crimes such as home invasions, business break-ins, destruction of property, embezzlement, vulnerable adult crimes, and frauds.

Family Services

9

Three detectives assigned to the Children’s Assessment Center responsible for investigating sexual abuse cases of children under 16 years old.

Two detectives assigned to investigate crimes involving juveniles.

Two detectives assigned to investigate domestic violence, Personal Protection Order (PPO) violations, and all misdemeanor warrant requests generated at the patrol level.

Two detectives assigned to the Friend of the Court as Court Enforcement Officers.

Financial Transaction Team

1

Responsible for assisting this multi-jurisdictional task force in investigating check law violations, identity theft, and credit card frauds.

Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET)*

8

Primary responsibilities are narcotic investigations. Additional investigations may include gambling, prostitution, and alcohol violations.

Metropolitan Enforcement Team (MET)

1

Responsible for assisting this multi-jurisdictional State narcotic team in investigating conspiracy level narcotic violations impacting Kent County.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

1

Responsible for assisting the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating narcotic law violations impacting Kent County from any location in the world.

* The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) is composed of detectives from the Kent County Sheriff Department, Grandville Police Department, Walker Police Department, East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety, and the Wyoming Department of Public Safety. KANET investigates vice related crimes including drugs, gambling, prostitution, and alcohol violations. The origins of these investigations are primarily from citizen complaints, Silent Observer tips, road patrol incidents, and informants. Any proceeds that are associated with narcotic criminal activity are seized and given due process within the court system. Those assets which are ultimately ordered forfeited, are used in accordance with state law, which primarily enhances and supports narcotics enforcement.