Kalman joins EPD as new officer


EVART — As the newest face of the Evart Police Department, Cheyanne Kalman hopes her first law enforcement position out of college proves to be effective.

"I want to make a difference in someone's life," Kalman said. "Sometimes when police are called it's someone's worst day in their life. I want to put those people at ease and solve a situation as quickly and professionally as possible."

Kalman is a Schoolcraft native and received a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from Grand Valley State University.

"I wanted to get into law enforcement because a lot of the mentors I had were police officers who were ordinary people with extraordinary careers," she added. "I want to take what I learned in the academy and make it better."

The position at EPD opened up following the resignation of former chief Kendra Backing. John Beam, a sergeant in the department, was selected to fill the chief position, leaving a vacant spot on the force. He believes Kalman will be a great fit in the department.

"Her background was something that stood out, with four years in the academy and she pursued further education by getting a bachelor's degree," Beam said. "During her interview she also made a comment about wanting to be in a community policing role."

Beam said Kalman will spend a week being introduced to officials in the community, be given an area tour and will spend time in field training, observing her fellow officers handle complaints and traffic stops.

Kalman said she is looking forward to the future ahead of her in Evart.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity, to get to know the community and learn what it needs, and make connections with the people," she said.