List of Services

The department offers many services to the citizens of Dowagiac.  Our department strives for innovation and is continually searching for new ways to enhance service to the public.  We have listed some of the programs/resources we offer: 

  • Child Car Seat Technician
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor
  • Drunken Driving/Teen Alcohol Use Presentations
  • Drug Identification/Information Presentations
  • Vacation Property Inspections
  • Crime Prevention Inspections For Both Home and Business
  • Bicycle Safety Presentations
  • K-9 Presentations
  • Crime Scene Technician Presentations
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) 
  • Workplace Violence Presentation
  • Traffic Safety Presentations
  • DEA TakeBack (see below)
RED Med Box is an easy and secure way to dispose of your unused or expired medication. Properly disposing unused and unwanted medications helps to protect the environment. It also helps to protect our community against prescription abuse, addiction, and accidental or intentional overdose.


What NOT to do?
Flush down the toilet, Pour down the drain, Throw in the  garbage, Give to another person.

What can happen
Pollute our Great Lakes, adverse effects on wildlife, contaminate water supplies,
prescription drug abuse, overdoses, or theft from home or trash.  

What happens to medications when dropped
in the RED Med Boxes?

The meds are picked up by the Dowagiac Police Department  Narcotic’s Unit to be destroyed.

RED Med Box WILL accept:

RED Med Box will NOT accept:

Expired/unused medication



IV Bags

Vitamins/Herbal Supplements

Bloody or Infectious Waste

Pet Medications

Hydrogen Peroxide

Medicated Ointment/lotions/drops

Business Waste

Unopened Epi-Pens

Empty Containers

Liquid Medications

Personal Care Products