Blaine Koops is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where he earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, and is also a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
In November of 2000 Blaine Koops was elected to the Office of Sheriff for Allegan County Michigan, assuming command in January 2001. Prior to his election, Koops was a member of the Holland Police Department for 26 years, where he served in various capacities in the traffic division, general patrol, investigative services and command staff. In 1986 he was named Holland's "Police Officer of the Year.”
In 1987 Blaine accepted the position of Director of Criminal Justice Training at Grand Valley State University. He served in that capacity until 1989, when he returned to the Holland Police Department and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1990 he was promoted to the rank of Captain, serving as the commander of the Administrative Services Division.
Blaine continued his education and graduated from Northwestern University's Police Staff and Command School in 1990. In December of 1993 he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy (FBI/NA) in Quantico, Virginia. Sheriff Koops also graduated from the FBI’s Executive Leadership Development program, has authored an article for the Community Policing Exchange, and served as a content expert for CopTalk, as well as serving as a national presenter on Community Policing.
Blaine serves as an adjunct professor for Grand Valley State University's School of Criminal Justice. He is also a faculty member of Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice – Regional Center for Community Policing. He has also taught policy and procedure development for Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.
Since being elected, Sheriff Koops has been involved with many different boards and committees that are working to make a difference in Allegan County, in Michigan, and for the law enforcement community as a whole. Sheriff Koops has served as a Board Member of Sylvia’s Place Domestic Violence Shelter, is an Advisory Board Member of the Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council, serves on the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, is a member of the Executive Committee for the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, and represents the State of Michigan at the National level of the CJIS Criminal Justice Information System Policy Council. Sheriff Koops is a member of the Advisory Board for the Lakeshore Center for Independent Living, and the Grand Valley State University Police Academy Advisory Board, as well as the Allegan County Commission on Aging. Sheriff Koops also serves as School Board President of the Outlook Academy.