Starting their Careers

Officers Ryan Riedy and Joe Sears started their careers today.  They both graduated from the 97th Class of the Mid Michigan Police Academy in Lansing on Friday night, May 13.  Both are fellow Spartans having graduated from MSU in Criminal Justice (like me).  Sears is from Lapeer and Reidy from Waterford.  Riedy’s cousin, Mike Riedy […]

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Colorado to Tighten Requirements for Police Psych Evaluations

If you have been a reader of my blogs for awhile you will have noticed that I have very strong opinions on the subject of standards for police officers.  You may know that we are required to have a license from the state to practice our profession.  We are required to attend a police academy, […]

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What We Can Learn From the Police That Pioneered Body Cameras – Governing Magazine

Among police and their communities across the country there is an important conversation occurring about police worn body cameras.  Should we or shouldn’t we?  There are many aspects to be considered on this important and expensive topic.  We have already had discussion with our city council to educate them on the issues that surround any […]

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Inspiration

I draw inspiration from other police leaders.  I look for leaders I think are progressive and ethical.  Recently, I found a blog from one of my policing heroes that talks about another!  William Bratton, NYPD Commissioner (formerly of LAPD, Boston PD, NY Transit) wrote about Sir Robert Peel in April 2014.  Before Peel, policing had an […]

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How to Keep Bad Cops on the Beat

If you are a reader of this blog you’ll recognize how frequently I talk about keeping the confidence of the public which is critical to our ability to do our job.  You’ll also recall that I serve on the Michigan Commission on Law enforcement Standards–in fact, I’m currently in my 2nd year as its chair.  I […]

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“We Value and Are Dedicated to Honest, Loyal and Truthful Behavior…”

One of the many ways that we measure ourselves and assure you that we operate legally and ethically is by auditing our property and evidence function. We come into possession of many kinds and types of property for a variety of reasons.  We seize evidence of crimes–items that give information about the guilt or innocence […]

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Michigan law to require police to video record interviews – theoaklandpress.com

An interesting article on a new Michigan law.  Here in Auburn Hills we have been recording interrogations in major felony cases for more than 10 years.   We believe it is an important aspect of police credibility.  The community must believe that we act in ethical ways when we investigate crime.  You want us to be […]

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Public Trust – Guest Blogger Deputy Director – Police Thom Hardesty

You may have noticed from the Chief’s blog that we are fortunate to be hiring new police officers to fill some vacant positions. On Wednesday three of us were at the Oakland Community College Police Academy interviewing a number of cadets who are attending this 17 week course. Many times we ask prospective police officers […]

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On My Honor…..

WARREN, Mich. — A Warren police sergeant has been given 12 months of probation and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service after being fired when it was discovered he wasn’t truthful on a police report. Sgt. Tim Maniere pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of willful negligence of duty. Deputy Commissioner Louis […]

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