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Mecosta County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff -- Todd M. Purcell

Undersheriff -- James M. Taylor

Jail Administrator -- Kevin Wood
  Todd Purcell

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

225 South Stewart Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307


(231) 592-0150
Fax (231) 796-5577


(231) 592-0156 (answered 24 hours a day)
Fax (231) 796-7130

We have an email address designed exclusively for tips. The address is Please provide this information to friends and family in Mecosta County. Together, we can make our county a safer place!

Our Mission

The men and women of the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office share a common goal and purpose: To provide the highest quality law enforcement for our citizens and families in Mecosta County through compassionate, personal care and superior service, a positive environment for our citizens, families, and employees, collaboration for better services and organizational vitality and fiscal responsibility. We will accomplish our mission by applying these shared values:

Compassionate Care
To always place the needs of our citizens and their families first.
To recognize each person's uniqueness, and provide them the highest quality law enforcement service in a warm, respectful and friendly manner regardless of race, gender, creed, age or financial status.
Education and Research
To support community programs and safety education that promote innovation and progress.
To provide community policing and educational programs and classes.
To promote and support education and learning opportunities for our employees.
Personal and Professional Growth
To enhance the delivery of primary law enforcement and specialty care through the development of selected areas of specialties in law.
To educate, recruit, and retain high quality, dedicated law enforcement professionals.
To maintain up-to-date facilities and advanced technology.
To promote a positive working environment so all employees can seek the highest level of quality in their jobs and be recognized as a vital part of our office.
To cooperatively involve our community in the careful planning and growth of a progressive, responsive and efficient law enforcement system to meet the needs of a changing community.
To deliver cost-effective service and, where practical, work cooperatively with other law enforcement agencies.
Fiscal Responsibility
To remain a good corporate citizen through sound fiscal philosophy and practices that strengthen our Mecosta County Sheriff's Office role as a major employer and human service provider.


  • Bad Check Procedure
  • Recreational Safety
  • MCSO Flyer

    Purchase Permits for handguns:
    Issued Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      - No Charge for gun registration
    Bring picture ID with current address in Mecosta County

    CCW Permits (Concealed Pistols License):
    Safety training class must be completed first
    Application is available at the Mecosta County Sheriff's office or the Mecosta County Clerk's office

    Application must be turned in at Clerk's Office before prints can be taken at the Community Corrections Office.

    Fingerprint hours are:
    Monday 1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Tuesday 9:00am – 11:00am and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Wednesday 9:00am – 11:00am and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Fingerprints will not be taken on Thursdays or Fridays.

    Accident Report:

    If you have been involved in a traffic crash in Mecosta County and would like to obtain a copy of that report, you may do so in person or by going online to LexisNexis. (All insurance companies seeking traffic crash reports are required to use the Docview Website.) All traffic crash reports are $9.00.


    You may obtain a copy of your traffic crash report Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 4:00pm, at the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office. Please call our Records Department at 231-592-0150 to make sure your report is ready.

    Incident Report:
    $2.00 for the first page of each report, $1.00 for each additional page. The person requesting the report must complete a Freedom of Information form and be approved by administration before the report will be released.

    Freedom of Information:

    FOIA requests may be made in person or by mail to the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office, 225 S. Stewart, Big Rapids, MI or emailed to:

    FOI Request Form

    Bad Check Collection Division for entire Mecosta County excluding City of Big Rapids

    PPO: Clerk's Office

    Civil Process:
    Served to address in Mecosta County
    Garnishments ($18.00 + mileage)
    Evictions ($35.00 + mileage)
    Sum & Comp, subpoenas, postings, PPO ($21.00 + mileage)
    Do not require prepayment (will bill for service)

    Other programs and services provided through the Sheriff's Office include:

    • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE): This program is taught to all 5th and 6th grade students in Mecosta County.
    • School Liaison Officer: The liaison officer works in the Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills and Morley Stanwood School Districts.
    • Marine Division: Marine patrol of the County's waterways, a hovercraft equipped search and rescue team, and a six-man dive team are services provided through the Marine Division.
    • Fire Investigation and Traffic Accident Reconstruction: Specially trained Deputies provide fire investigation and traffic accident reconstruction services.
    • Victim's Advocates: A nine member team of volunteers provides advocate services to victims of crime in Mecosta County.
    • Sheriff's Posse: Twenty-one volunteers comprise the Sheriff's Posse. The posse provides crowd and traffic control at various events and assists in search and rescure efforts as needed.

    Related Links: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
      Boating, Hunter, and Snowmobile Safety Classes
      ATV/ORV Safety Classes
      Federal Bureau of Investigations
      Big Rapids Weather
      Michigan State Police
      Michigan Sex Offender Registry
      Michigan Interactive/Boating Rules
      United States Coast Guard

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