Steve Case is Scottville’s newest police officer and will also serve as a school resource officer to Mason County Central Schools and West Shore Community College.
First proposed last summer, the partnership between MCC and the City of Scottville was formalized in September when the college’s board of trustees took the step to utilize the authority provided by the Michigan Community College Act of 1966, which allows colleges to grant the powers and authority of a law enforcement officer. This authority also allows the college to contract for police services, which it has done with the City of Scottville.
“Public safety plays an important role in the well-being and security of our community. I am grateful this public partnership allows us to work together to elevate the safety and security operations of the college, MCC and the City of Scottville,” said college President Scott Ward. “I am excited for this unique collaboration that will serve students faculty, staff, and residents alike.”
Case, who recently graduated from the college’s police academy, was recognized as the top cadet receiving the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards outstanding graduate award. Recipients of the award are in the top 10 percent of the class for academics, and successfully pass the skill areas including driving, firearms, physical fitness and first aid. The academy class votes on qualified students and rates them on leadership, appearance and interpersonal communication.
Case worked as a corrections deputy with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, prior to being hired by the City of Scottville. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in social services from Northern Michigan University. He also has an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College with a major in adult corrections. His work experience also includes working for Child Protective Services.
“The Mason County Central School District is very excited to partner with the City of Scottville and West Shore Community College in this endeavor. This is a rare scenario where three diverse entities can pool their resources to benefit each other,” said MCC Superintendent Jeff Mount. “I look forward to the years ahead working with Officer Case, the city, and the college as we continue our vigilant focus on the safety of our students and the greater Scottville community.”
WSCC’s police training program started in 1979, and has graduated nearly 450 students.
Photo (l to r) – MCC Superintendent Jeff Mount, WSCC President Scott Ward, Officer Steve Case, and Scottville Chief of Police Matthew Murphy