Police Department
Don Hanson, Police Chief
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Chief Hanson has served the City of Mason as an officer since January 1994, as Police Chief since March 2018 and reports directly to the City Manager.  He ensures that police personnel are prepared to provide full-service emergency and non-emergency police service to its community, residents, businesses and visitors.  He also ensures they are properly empowered, trained and equipped for their careers in public service.

The Chief leads his team of dedicated sworn and non-sworn personnel which includes full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees with significant and diverse experience and backgrounds.  In addition, two academy trained reserve officers augment patrol and assist during large special events.  Chief Hanson believes that providing a high level of public safety and customer service to our residents is a priority and encourages his team to conduct face-to-face contact with residents, visitors, and businesses to build relationships which foster trust and community partnerships.  "Police and community must work together to problem solve."  Under his leadership and during the school year, MPD also partners with the MPSD to deploy Crossing Guards at critical intersections to assist younger school-aged children.

He is a member of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) and the Mid-Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.  He holds a BA in Criminal Justice (MSU, 1993) and a MS in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis (MSU, 2020).  He is also a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Staff and Command (2014).

Chief Hanson is proud to call Mason home and enjoys being part of the community.  Since settling in Mason over 26 years ago from South-East Michigan, several of his family members with no previous connection to Mason have followed.  He enjoys the outdoors and traveling to Northern Michigan when able to do so.

Traffic Crash Reports
The Mason Police Department does not provide copies of crash reports (known as UD-10 reports) at the scene or from the department.  Those reports are uploaded to the MSP and a website usually within 2-3 business days.  Our officers will refer citizens to the sitehttps://policereports.lexisnexis.com.  Your insurance company will most often obtain the reports, but individual customers may also access and purchase them a
Once the site is accessed the following information may be needed to obtain your report.  Enter State and Jurisdiction and one of the following:
  • Report Number (which you will be provided)
  • Last Name and Date of Incident
  • Last Name and Street
The site itself is linked to an easy to understand FAQ page at:  https://ecrash.custhelp.com/app/answers/list

Child Car Seat Inspections
The Mason Police Department has a trained Child Car Seat Technician on staff.   The Car Seat Technician helps parents of young children to install car seats, complete child car seat checks, verifying car seats are properly installed, and provides up to date car seat safety information and regulations.  If you would like to set up a child car seat check or install please contact Customer Service at 517-676-9155.

Salvage Vehicles Inspection
The Mason Police Department has a State of Michigan trained and certified Salvage Vehicle Inspector on staff who can assist Mason citizens with the Salvage Vehicle Inspection process or a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Inspection on an appointment-only basis.  Contact Customer Service at 517-676-9155.  The fee for a Salvage Vehicle Inspection is $100.00 per state law.  For more information about Salvage Vehicle Titles go to www.mighigan.gov/sos 

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    Request to have Police check on your property; while you are away.

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