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History of BCSD

Welcome to the Berrien County Sheriff's Office History and Photo pages!

History is constantly creating itself and when you want to know where you are going, you must look at where you came from. We hope that this section will give us all a glimpse of just that.

Many of the photos and documentation found on these pages have been provided by members of the community, family, current and former employees of the Sheriff's Office. We appreciate the opportunity to share our colorful history and proud tradition of the many men and women who have walked the halls of the Berrien County Sheriff's Office.

Special thanks to The Herald-Palladium for use of their photo and newspaper archives. For those who remember, this also includes The News-Palladium and The Herald-Press who merged to become what we know today as The Herald-Palladium.

If you have items of interest to share, photos or stories, please feel free to contact Berrien County Sheriff's Office Historian Chriss Lyon by email or at 269-983-3060 extension 4900.

PBS "History Detectives" episode
"St. Valentine's Day Massacre Shotgun"
featuring Lt. Keith Hafer and 911 Supervisor/ Historian Chriss Lyon.


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Newspaper Archives

Fred "Killer" Burke

Fred "Killer" Burke Jail Ledger

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Connection

Fallen Officers

Hero's and Awards

Collecting Police Patches

Weather Events

Historic Epidemics

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