If you have a non-emergency or need to speak to an officer please contact Van Buren County central dispatch at 269-657-3101. In an emergency, please always dial 911. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 800-342-7867. Silent Observer, a service of Van Buren County, can be reached at 269-343-2400.
If you are returning a call or wanting to leave additional information about an ongoing issue you can reach Department Officers at:
The Village of Lawrence and the Lawrence Police Department are saddened by the incident involving “Annie” the deer and a Police Conservation Officer from the Pokagon Band of Tribal Police. The incident occurred in Lawrence Township, outside of the Village of Lawrence limits, and the Lawrence Police Department was not asked to assist. “Annie” was often seen in the Village visiting residents and photographed with many, including one of the Lawrence Police Officers during one of her visits to the school. As “Annie” was a wild animal with domesticated tendencies, our police department did their best to protect both our citizens and “Annie” during her visits to the Village of Lawrence. We understand that emotions are very strong regarding this situation. We ask that you keep in mind that the incident was not within the jurisdiction of the Village of Lawrence. If you have further questions, we ask that you direct them to the Pokagon Tribal Police. Chief Bianco Lawrence Police Department
For matters outside the Village of Lawrence, visit the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department at
Lawrence Township Emergency Services (LTES)
The LTES consists of a fire chief and volunteer firefighters and emergency quick responders and is one of the most important institutions in LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP. Anyone interested in joining the LTES can contact the Chief for information on duties, responsibilities and how to apply.
Visit Lawrence Township for additional services including Assessor and Cemetery Operations
Department of Public Works (DPW)
If you are experiencing a water or sewer emergency, please contact the Department of Public Works immediately at 269-312-4040.
Snow removal for the village takes place at 3″ accumulation. All plowed roads are also salted. We are always willing to apply more salt to any specific road area, contact Theresa Stroud at the Village Hall if you have any concerns on this or any snow removal issue. Please note that our trucks drive a total of 80 miles in the Village limits for each snow removal.
There is now designated parking for the Village parking lot. From 2am to 6am vehicles will need to park in the center area of the parking lot on even days (i.e. Jan 2, 4,6,etc) and park in the west area on odd days (Jan 1,3,5,etc.). This rotation will be only from Nov 1 thru April 1 for proper snow removal.
Mail Box Damage
Mail box damage replacement due to snow removal from plow trucks:
Any mail box replaced by the Village of Lawrence due to plow damage will be replaced with the (a) standard metal type box. Should the mail box support need replacement, it too will be replaced with a standard type pole. Designer, decorative and or unique types of mail boxes and or their supporting structures will NOT be replaced with similar items.
Installation labor will be the responsibility of the DPW
Replaced items will be installed in accordance with United Sates Post Office and Village of Lawrence requirements and guidelines.
The home owner will be responsible for the disposal of the old mail box and or pole.
The homeowner must notify the Village of Lawrence that mail box damage has occurred within 24 hours of the incident. This may be accomplished by a phone call to the Village office or visiting the office in person.
Should a complaint of damage be received, a representative of the DPW and or the Village of Lawrence will inspect the damage within 24 hours of the complaint and make a determination as to how to proceed.
To be eligible for replacement, the mail box and or its supporting structure must be damaged by direct contact with plow, plow vehicle or some part of it.
Damage resulting from the impact of snow and or other debris normal to the plowing operation will NOT qualify for replacement.
Damage that is not the result of normal plowing operations performed by the Village of Lawrence and or its designate should be reported to the Lawrence Police Department. Examples of this would include but are not limited to private plowing contractors, any normal roadway traffic, roadway maintenance equipment not owned or sub-contracted by the Village of Lawrence, etc.
Any questions regarding this policy (created by Public Services Committee 02/11, adopted by Village Council 03/11) may be directed to the Village Manager, 269-674-8161.