Mattawan School District breaking ties with Mattawan Police Department

Sign at Mattawan Middle and High School in Mattawan, Michigan. (WWMT/Jason Puhr)

School district is researching new options for having police officers in the schools

The Mattawan Consolidated School District is looking to end its relationship with the Mattawan Police Department. This comes just weeks after an officer-involved shooting forced a school lock down while one the suspects slipped into Mattawan High School.

Multiple sources tell the Newschannel 3 I-Team that Mattawan school officials want a new school resource officer from a different police agency. While the recent officer-involved shooting isn't a direct contributor to this decision, we’re told the incident didn’t help.

The Newshcannel 3 I-Team has for months been investigating allegations of misconduct within the Mattawan police department.

On Nov. 3, former Mattawan officer Chelsey Omilian-Linville fired several shots into a fleeing car. Mattawan High School was then sent into lock down but one of the fleeing suspects got away and snuck into the high school before being arrested. Multiple sources tell the I-team that the Mattawan school resource officer was not on campus at the time of the incident.

On Monday, the I-Team went to the village council meeting to get answers from Police Chief Scott Herbert and Village Council President Leslie Merkle. Herbert took off when the I-Team started asking questions but Merkle said she sees no problems with the police department.

Former officer Chelsey Omilian-Linville was fired from the police force and charged with a misdemeanor.

As for which new agency Mattawan school officials will choose, a decision could be coming within weeks.

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