Sheriff's Department: Dive Rescue & Recovery

Divisions & Units

* Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
* Corrections
* Criminal Investigations Division
* Dive Rescue and Recovery
* Explorers Program
* Marine Patrol
* Reserves
* Special Response Team
* Uniformed Services (Patrol)
* Victim Services


Dive Rescue and RecoveryDive Rescue

The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for all waters within the County (1153 Lakes and Ponds, 30 Rivers and Creeks,) totaling 23 square miles of open waterways. The dive team performs search and rescue operations, evidence collection, as well as conducts public education on water safety. The Dive and Rescue Division has a twenty-five person roster made up of divers, boat operators, and ground support. The Team has a K-9 Cadaver dog with specialized training for open water recoveries. The dive team has specialized training for their members on a monthly basis.








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Bradley D. Balk


Mark A. Lillywhite

Captain - Operations Administrator

Jason Bingaman

Captain - Jail Administrator

Kitty Buchner

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 339
Centreville, MI 49032

Department Information

St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department
650 E. Main St.
Centreville, MI 49032

(East of St. Joseph County Fairgrounds)
*Driving Directions

Hours: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Phone Number:(269) 467-9045
Fax Numbers:
Booking: (269) 467-4009
Administration: (269) 467-6201