The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1830 when Delamore Duncan was named the first Sheriff for a newly organized territory called Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo County was comprised of few farms, a lot of wooded land and two small towns called Schoolcraft and "Bronson", whose name was changed six years later to Kalamazoo. The population was a few hundred but a decade of growth saw its population quickly rise to seven thousand. In 2015 the population of Kalamazoo County is 251,000 and the county is dotted with many agricultural areas, two main Cities, Kalamazoo and Portage, and several smaller villages.
2016 KCSO Annual Report
The year 2016 is one the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office and the community will remember for a long time. The year was marred by two tragic events; the mass murder of six persons in February and the fatal traffic accident of several bicyclists in June. A national audience focused in awe and with prayers on Kalamazoo as these tragic events unfolded. But Kalamazoo County will not be defined by its tragedies; rather it will be praised for how a community came together and united as one. We are Kalamazoo Strong. After reading the 2016 Annual Report you will see the many areas where we are part of Kalamazoo Strong by providing criminal justice services to the community.
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