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The history of the Berrien County Sheriff's Office is rich to say the least. In the last 185 years since the first Sheriff took office, the position has been graced by 37 leaders, representing more than just law and order in Berrien County. Some sheriffs were farmers, others were politicians and law men, one was a woman, and even a Canadian and Scotsman, some moved away after serving while others lived and died in Berrien County.

It has been written that the first Berrien County Jail was constructed in St. Joseph between 1832 and 1834 by Berrien County's 2nd Sheriff, Fowler J. Preston. The was described as a wooden structure, 24x32 feet in dimension, 2 stories tall, containing the jailer's dwelling and 2 cells on the lower floor with a number of cells on the upper floor. Prisoners were provided with blankets, bed, tin washbasin and a tin bucket for use as a toilet. The County Supervisors had to ban the use of liquor in the jail and prohibit women from spending the night with prisoners.

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919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-7141
BCSD Niles Substation
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-5274
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4959 M 140
Watervliet, MI 49098
(269) 463-5495
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19279 Kinst Road
New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 756-9571 ext. 7603
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