Good results happen when "...a community comes together." -- Sheriff Timothy J. Parker
Thanking the many volunteers who assisted the Sheriff's Office in finding a missing child in Hillsdale County.
Report any suspicious activity to the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office. Working together will make our community a safer place to work and live.

HCSO Training Classes

The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office offers safety training programs for the public and has many state certified instructors to provide a solid base of instruction for deputies from our department as  well as the surrounding agencies of the City of Hillsdale, the Village of Jonesville, the City of Reading, the City of Litchfield and the Somerset Township Police Departments.

These deputies in turn offer training to the public each year to promote safe practices in areas such as firearms, marine and boater safety and hunter safety. For specific information, please read more about each program or contact the Sheriff's department at (800) 437-7317 and ask for the training office.

HCSO Marine & Boater Safety Training


  • Boater Safety Classes are for ALL Ages and Free of Charge (Courtesy of Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office).
  • Classes are from 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Registration begins at 8:30 A.M. No advance registration is required. Class size may be limited by space. There WILL BE NO LATE ADMITTANCE.
  • Students will earn their certification in one day.



Anyone born AFTER June 30, 1996 must possess a Boater Safety Certificate to operate ANY motorized watercraft in Michigan. Anyone born before then, but after December 31, 1978 must possess the certificate to operate a Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski type). 

Note: Online classes are available through the DNR website A fee of approximately $30.00 may be charged. You are no longer required to take a proctored exam to earn your certificate. 


2017  Boater Safety Class Schedule

  • Date - TBA
     Lakeview United Bretheren Church, Merry Lake
    1/2 mile west of M-99 on Territorial Road
    Lunch provided by the Lake Diane Property Owners Association
  • Date - TBA
    Somerset Beach Campground - Athletic Building Annex
    4 miles west of US-127, south off US-12
    Bring a packed lunch

Please contact the Sheriff's Office at (517) 437-7317 and ask for more details about our Boater Safety classes.



HCSO Firearm Safety Training

All Concealed Pistol training classes are held at the Reading Emergency Unit Training Facility, 30 Monroe Street Hillsdale, MI (Google Maps directions). The cost is $75.00 for residents of Hillsdale County and $100.00 for non-residents. All classes are held 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Registration forms are available at the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office.  Pre-Registration is required for attendance.

Our Classes are taught by Michigan Certified Law Enforcement Officers and Firearms Instructors.

If you need more information, you may call the Sheriff's Office at (517) 437-7317.

Note: Payment and registration must be received by the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office to reserve your space in the class.

CPL (Concealed Pistol License) Classes for 2017:
  • April 29, 2017
  • June 24, 2017
  • August 26, 2017
  • October 28, 2017

Questions concerning these classes can be directed to Sgt. John Reed at 437-7317 ext 323.  

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