Registered Agency Spotlight: Bridgman Michigan Police Department

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brigeman mi pd body camera doantionsRegistered Agency Spotlight: Bridgman Michigan Police Department

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Sgt. Tom LaVanway

Police Chief: Chief Daniel Unruh Sr.

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 5

Body Camera Goal: 5

This Department has received $4,405.00 in donations and received 6 body cameras. The Goal has been reached!



We have reached our goal for the purchase of Body Cameras as of today! We would like to thank all of the businesses & residents that have donated to this GREAT cause in just eight days.

It’s unfortunate that we live and work in a culture that requires “extra” safety measures, but with the outpouring of support from donors both in & outside our community, these cameras will help with the safety of the Officers AND community.


Chief Dan Unruh
Sgt. Tom LaVanway
Bridgman Police Department

Thanks to the Donors who made this possible!!!!!


Name State Amount
Chris G. Stevensillve, MI $20.00
Richard & Jessica L.  Bridgman, MI $1,000
Judy J.  Charlestown, IN $10.00
Debbie L.  Bridgman, MI $20.00
Benjamin H.  Bridgman, MI $100.00
Jason A.  Benton Harbor, MI $250.00
Hannah A.  Bridgman, MI $25.00
Tom T.  Baroda, MI $10.00
Tim L.  Cape Coral, FL $20.00
Suzy B.  Bridgman, MI $50.00
Brandon C.  Bridgman, MI  $1,100.00
Jeff’s Towing & Recovery  Bridgman, MI $500.00
ELH Detailing  Bridgman, MI $50.00
Richard H.  Bridgman, MI $500.00
Viola F.  Bridgman, MI $100.00
Ron B.  Bridgman, MI $100.00
Great Lakes Bail Agency  Bridgman, MI $250.00
Bovo Bonding Agency  Bridgman, MI $250.00
Paws to Wash  Bridgman, MI $50.00
Total $4,405.00

Donor Statements:

“Great idea! Bridgman police deserve the best! The entire police force in this community goes above and beyond for the people. In my personal experiences the officers and chief treat this job as so much more than a job. There a outstanding bunch of individuals. Thank you for all you do for this town!” -Richard and Jessica Lenardson, Great Lakes Towing / TowBoatUs Lake Michigan, Bridgman, MI

“Thank you for providing a safe place for people to pursue their dreams!”– Suzy Barnes, The Sandpiper, Bridgman, MI

Why has your Agency decided to start a body camera program?
Sgt. LaVanway: We believe Body Cameras will lead to a higher level of officer and civilian accountability. We believe civilians are more likely to behave when they know their actions and words are being recorded. They will also be less likely to come in and file a false complaint if they know there’s video of the interaction.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?  
Sgt. LaVanway:
We want to get body cameras in light of recent events in the news. We want them to better cover our officers and protect them.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Sgt. LaVanway: After all my years on the force, I know of many instances where body camera evidence would have made a difference in disproving false accusations of misconduct or aided in convictions in court.

Does your department have guidelines for a body camera policy? If so, what would the policy be? When would officers be required to record, etc.?
Sgt. LaVanway: Yes, our department has a body camera policy in place, we’re just need to get the body cameras to implement it. Our officers are required to record any time they come in contact with the public.