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The Wolverine Lake Police Department is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of part-time patrol officer. Previous Police experience is preferred. Marine Patrol experience is a plus. The applicant must be willing to work up to 32 hours a week on various shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. Part-time pay of $17.00 per hour.
QUALIFICATIONS: General requirements include, but are not limited to: Must be 21 years of age, High School graduate or equivalency, No prior felony convictions, Possess a valid State of Michigan operator's license, Be a MCOLES certified or certifiable police officer, Be a United States citizen, Successfully complete all phases of the hiring process (includes hearing, vision, physical and psychological exams), Meet all MCOLES employment standards.
The Village of Wolverine Lake is a small community (population 4356) in Oakland County, Michigan. The department currently has 5 full-time and 3 part-time officers and an additional Marine Officer during the summer months.
Applications may be picked up at Village Hall, located at 425 Glengary Road, Wolverine Lake, MI 48390 or by clicking the link below. Please return completed applications along with resumes to: John M. Ellsworth, Acting Chief of Police, Wolverine Lake Police Department, 425 Glengary Road, Wolverine Lake, MI 48390.
Part-Time Patrol Officer Application
Vehicle Crash reports for Village Residents Only, can be picked up at the Wolverine Lake Police Department at no cost. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for reports must be in writing and must sufficiently describe the records you are seeking. Please submit to the Wolverine Lake Village Administrative Office. The fee for FOIA requests varies and includes cost of duplication, search, examination, deletion, separation, and mailing. 
Clearance Letters
Frequently, citizens applying for employment will find that their prospective employer requires a clearance letter from their local police department. This is a service the Wolverine Lake Police Department provides for residents only. To obtain a clearance letter you must appear at the police department with photo identification.  A search of the department's records is done and a letter is then generated listing any criminal contacts the requestor may have had with the department. There is no charge for this service. Make your request at the Wolverine Lake Police Department.
Boater Safety Classes
Contact Village Hall for current locations. 
The Wolverine Lake Police Department is available to fingerprint individuals for employment or other purpose during regular business hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Wolverine Lake Police Department. Officers will be called in from the road to perform this service so it could take a few minutes. Please allow yourself some extra time when coming in for fingerprinting. There is no charge for this service and is a courtesy to Village residents only.
Vehicle Lockouts
Have you locked your keys in your car? As a courtesy to our Village residents, we will come out to help. We do have a liability waiver that we require to be signed prior to unlocking the vehicle. If there is a child in the locked vehicle, be sure to advise the dispatcher to upgrade the complaint to an emergency situation. Keep in mind that simple lockouts are not considered top priority complaints and other emergencies will be handled first.
Vacation Property Lists
When you are going out of town, call us, let us know when you are leaving and when you will be returning, we will keep an extra watch on your home while you are gone. Please complete this Vacation Form and return it to us prior to leaving.
Purchase Permits & Pistol Safety Inspections
Wolverine Lake residents can apply for handgun permits between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no fees for the purchase of a permit. The following requirements must be met prior to a permit being issued:
  • You must have photo identification
  • You must be a resident of Wolverine Lake and a United States citizen or resident legal alien.
  • You must be eighteen years of age or older to purchase a handgun from a private citizen. 
  • You must be twenty-one years of age or older to purchase a handgun from a licensed federal firearms dealer. 
  • You must pass the basic pistol safety test.
  • You have never been convicted of a felony or convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. 
  • You are not subject to a conditional bond release, a personal bond release, a personal protection order, or other court order which prohibits you from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
  • You have not been adjudged insane or legally incapacitated unless competency has been restored by court order. 
  • You are not under involuntary hospitalization or alternative treatment program due to mental illness. 
Note: Unused purchase permits must be returned to the Police Department. Persons who have current concealed weapons permits do not need to obtain a license to purchase a handgun.
Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) Application
A CCW Application Kit can be obtained at the Police Department during normal business hours at no cost to the applicant. Fingerprints and all other CCW related paperwork will be handled by the Oakland County Sheriffs' Department.
Villagers Against Crime
The Wolverine Lake Police Department is continually striving to work closely with its residents through Community Policing.  One of the key elements to Community Policing is community involvement. The Villagers Against Crime program has been implemented so citizens, in cooperation with the police, can directly participate in the decision and prevention of crime.  Village residents are trained how to recognize suspicious or criminal activities and report them to the police department. Villagers Against Crime is a citizens involvement program dedicated to make Wolverine Lake a safer place in which to live. The Police Department also offers classes in various safety issues such as:
  • Personal Safety
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Crime Reporting
  • Home Intrusion 
If your group (i.e. Subdivision Homeowner's Association, etc.) is interested in having a safety class, please contact Captain John Ellsworth at 248-926-6060. Together we can make a difference!
Curfews in the Village
Curfew for Minors Under 12 Years of Age (20.719, Section 46)
It shall be unlawful for any minor under the age of 12 years to loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley or park between the hours of 10 o'clock p.m. and 6 o'clock a.m. unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or some adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the child. (ord.no.85 eff. June 9, 1972)
Curfew for Minors Under 16 Years of Age (20.720, Section 47)
It shall be unlawful for any minor under the age of 16 years to loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley or park between the hours of 12 o'clock midnight and 6 o'clock a.m., immediately following, except where the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian to accompany the minor child, or where the minor is upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by his parent or guardian. (ord.no.85 eff. June 9, 1972)

 Contact Info

Sgt. David Cunningham
Ofc. Rebecca List 
Ofc. John Marasco
Ofc. Kenneth Ayres

Oakland County Sheriff's Department dispatches for Wolverine Lake. For assistance call 248-624-1335.

Emergencies: dial 9-1-1  

52-1 District Court


 Citizens Police Academy


Citizens Police Academy Winter 2014 Schedule

The Citizens Police Academy is now full. No further applications will be accepted.

Class begins March 5, 2014. Click above link for full schedule.

Any questions contact Officer List at list@wolverinelake.com or #248-926-6063


 Frequently Asked Questions


I need a copy of my driving record for my prospective employer, when can I pick that up?

Sorry, we cannot run any information for the public (for example driving records, criminal histories) on our Law Enforcement Computer - it is against the law and we could be fined for doing so.

My electricity is out...when will it be back on?

By calling Detroit Edison at their new automated system number (1-800-477-4747) you can get the same information as the police department.
I have recently moved into the Village, my handguns were registered at my old residence. Do I have to register them here?

No. Once they are initially registered with the State of Michigan they do not have to be re-registered.

 Police Department Updates


Wolverine Lake Officers Receive Citations
Officer Rebecca List has been with the Wolverine Lake Police Department for 10 years. This year she has taken on the added responsibilities of Liaison for the Lakes Area Youth Assistance as well as the Lake Area Citizens Police Academy. Officer List has proven to be a very valuable asset not only to the Department but the Community as well. Officer List received a Department Citation for her Community Relations efforts.

Sgt. David Cunningham has been with the Wolverine Lake Police Department for over 11 years. He has become a very valuable and respected trainer for the Department. His leadership and assistance in the operation of day to day activities as well as the required ongoing training has become an important piece of our Department. Sgt. Cunningham received a Department Citation for his Leadership and Training.

Officer John Marasco has been with the Wolverine Lake Police Department for 9 years. During the fall of 2010 Officer Marasco, in the capacity of Evidence Technician, was called to the scene of a home invasion with extreme interior damage. Over the next 18 months Officer Marasco's tenacity and thoroughness lead him to gain enough evidence to identify and apprehend the suspect. Officer Marasco received a Department Mert Citation for case #10-1884/Home Invasion.

Officer Kenneth Ayres has been with the Wolverine Lake Police Department for just over 1 year. He has proven to be a very valuable member of the Department in many areas. On March 22, 2012 Officer Ayres responded to a strong armed robbery at the 7-11 in the Village. He was able to gain information that led to the identification and apprehension of two suspects. Officer Ayres' investigative proficiency and skill led to a swift and successful conclusion. Officer Ayres received a Department Merit Citation for case #12-271/Strong Armed Robbery.
It is acknowledged that the Wolverine Lake Police Department has the help and support of our neighboring Departments during difficult situations. That is why two other Officers/Deputies from other Departments were also recognized.
Deputy Sarah McCann of the Oakland County Sheriff's
Department received a Certificate of Commendation for her assistance with the investigation of case #12-271/Strong Armed Robbery of the 7-11.

Officer Lance Seba of the Walled Lake Police Department
received a Certificate of Commendation for his assistance in apprehending the suspects in case #12-271/Strong Armed Robbery of the 7-11.