The Gun Lake Tribal Public Safety Department offers a number of operations, programs and services for the community. These include school liaison, bicycle programs and working very closely with our tribal departments such as Supportive Housing, Courts and Public Works.  If you have questions or ideas about our programs or services please call us at (269) 397-1610 and we will assist in any way possible.

Car Seat Safety Instructions

The Gun Lake Department of Public Safety Department offers assistance in getting free car seat inspections and installations.  Car seat inspections take approximately 30-45 minutes.  If you are interested in obtaining assistance, please contact our office at 1-269-397-1610 and an officers will be happy to assist you.  Older car seats should be replaced.

For immediate information and assistance on car seat safety, visit

Safety Coordination 

The focus of the Safety Coordination Division is to provide the citizens with a premier safety program which protects them, our employees, vendors and construction personnel.  Our intent is to implement a well-designed safety ordinance utilizing best practices and the latest in written programs, operational guidelines and procedures.  This can best be accomplished by partnering with our citizens, workers and our, local, state and federal partners to provide coaching and training programs that protect our sovereignty and maintain our elders’ integrity, spirit, culture, self-sufficiency and vision for the future.  Questions in regard to the Tribe’s Safety Coordination Division can be directed to or by calling the Public Safety Officers at 269-397-1610.

Emergency Preparedness

The Gun Lake Department of Public Safety is committed to relaying important emergency information to the community and public.  The Gun Lake Tribe works very closely with Allegan County and local communities to alert residents, guests and visitors in the event of emergency and/or severe weather.  The Tribe has assisted in installing outdoor warning sirens and will continue to do so in the future.

The Gun Lake Tribe maintains an Emergency Operations Plan in cooperation with Allegan County, State of Michigan and the Federal government.  This plan uses an all-hazard approach to emergency planning.  The plan is a live and changing document which lays out specific staff responsibilities, resources and operating procedures for responding to all types of emergencies.  The plan may be used in response to natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods and ice storms and applied toward man-made disasters such as hazardous material spills and transportation accidents.  We believe in a proactive strategy to identify and protect the Gun Lake population, entities and its facilities.

The Gun Lake Department of Public Safety and its Emergency Operations joins the United States Department of Homeland Security in recommending that all Gun Lake residents be ready and prepared for emergencies by taking the following steps.

  1.  Put together an emergency supply kit:  This kit should include the basics such as water, non-perishable food, battery powered lights and radios with extra batteries and a first aid kit.  Be sure to also consider items to accommodate family members’ special needs such as prescription medications, infant formula, pet food, important family documents.
  2. Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency:  Sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency; Determine a neighborhood meeting place, identify an out-of-town emergency contact, inquire about emergency plans at places where you family spends time; employers, daycare providers, schools, etc.
  3. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together; In the event of an emergency, you will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones.  If you think ahead and communicate with others, you will be well on your way to safety.

For further information, materials and tools to help prepare your family, home and business for all types of emergencies, visit or call 1-800-BE-READY.