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Transfer & Court Security

The KCSD Court Security and Transfer Unit is responsible for the protection at court of all in-custody inmates within Kent County. This unit is comprised of twenty-seven deputies, one Sergeant, and one Lieutenant.  The officers serve not only 17th Circuit Court and 63rd District Court, but handle in-custody defendants and witnesses for preliminary examinations in 61st District Grand Rapids, 62nd A & B Wyoming and Kentwood, and 59th Grandville and Walker. Though this unit, the Sheriff Department also provides a law enforcement presence at the Kent County owned building at 82 Ionia NW. 

 In 2015, 9,979 in-custody subjects were transferred to court appearances.

In 2015, Deputies transported 2,439 persons to or from state prisons, mental health facilities, youth correctional institutions and county jails throughout the state. Medical, dental, and psychological appointments for in-custody persons are also facilitated by the Court Security & Transfer deputies. Last year, 382 in-custody persons, including juveniles, were transported for these types of events.

Assisting the Court Security & Transfer deputies are a group of thirty part-time officers that comprise the Security Enforcement Officer Unit. These officers provide building security for the Kent County Courthouse, 63rd. District Courts and 82 Ionia NW. Last year these officers were responsible for screening over 961,318 persons entering the Kent County Courthouse, 63rd District Court and 82 Ionia. In order to keep the buildings safe, they confiscated 15,310 potential weapons from persons being screened at security checkpoints.

Contact Us

Sheriff Department


701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-6100

(616) 632-6122

Lawrence A. Stelma

Lawrence A. Stelma

Michelle Young
Under Sheriff

Kevin Kelley
Chief Deputy-Law Enforcement

Chuck Dewitt
Chief Deputy-Corrections

Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6400

Inmate Information
(616) 632-6300

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