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Posted on: August 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Police announce two new deputy chiefs

Battle Creek Police Department Station, with rounded corner and many windows.

The Battle Creek Police Department is pleased to announce two new deputy chiefs, and the rest of Chief Shannon Bagley’s department command staff.

Doug Bagwell is the Deputy Chief for Operations, and Stephen Bush is the Deputy Chief for Investigations.

Deputy Chief Bagwell has been with the BCPD for over 27 years, with one year of previous law enforcement experience. He has served as a field training officer, patrol sergeant, and lieutenant.

Bagwell has completed the Michigan State University First Line Supervision and New Chief’s School. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Western Michigan University.

Deputy Chief Bush started as a police officer with the BCPD in 1995. He has served as a sergeant, lieutenant, Investigation Bureau lieutenant, and Investigation Bureau major.

Bush attended the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Police Academy, and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He also attended Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sienna Heights University.

Bush has served as a Field Training Officer; on the Honor Guard; as an operator, team leader, and team commander of the Emergency Response Team; as Gang Suppression Unit sergeant; Special Investigations Unit sergeant; Detective Bureau sergeant; and Department of Homeland Security task force officer.

The BCPD command staff also includes:

  • Lt. Todd Elliott – Inspector / Office of Professional Standards
  • Lt. Joel Case – Investigations
  • Lt. Ryan Strunk – Fusion Center and Community Services (COPS officers)
  • Lt. Jim Martens – night-shift Patrol
  • A lieutenant yet to be promoted will oversee day-shift Patrol

“The priority for the BCPD – from the command staff to every officer – is to build and maintain meaningful relationships with the community, so we can work on collaboration to identify and solve community problems,” Bagley said. “We want to plug in the best community resources to address issues for the best possible short- and long-term outcomes. The goal is not only to address problems, but prevent them altogether. With this team, I am confident we will do that.”

 

Doug Bagwell

Stephen Bush

 

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