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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Two New Sergeants

At the end of last month, two of our long time sergeants retired:  Michael O’Hala and Steve Groehn.  Those retirements created 2 vacancies in our sergeant ranks that we have now filled.  On Nov 1st Bryan Eftink was promoted to sergeant and on November 29th, Brandon Hollenbeck was promoted to sergeant. Becoming a sergeant is a […]

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Three Policing Professionals Sign Off On Their Last Working Day

Today was an emotional day – in a good way- here at the PD as we celebrated the retirement of 3 of our long-term staff:  Sergeant Steve Groehn, Sergeant Mike O’Hala and Detective Ron Tuski. I think we figured out that among them they have served the city for 71 years.  A great legacy.   […]

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More About Policing – the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards

I have the honor and privilege of serving the policing profession as a Commissioner for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (an unpaid position).  I represent the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and was appointed by both Governor Granholm and Governor Snyder.  The Commission has a mission defined in state statute–develop and administer […]

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The FBI National Academy Through the Eyes of Lt. Jill McDonnell

Every few years we have the opportunity to send one of our executive command staff members to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.  Command level personnel attend classes for 10 weeks to study policing best practices.  They attend with other police executives from around the country and the world.  It is a prized policing […]

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Saving the Taxpayer’s Dollars

One thing we pride ourselves on here in Emergency Services is how careful we are with the taxpayer’s dollars.  We are conscious all the time how we are using the dollars given to us by the taxpayers to provide the best possible services to the community. We are constantly looking for ways to save a […]

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Police Use of Force

There is a well known sociologist, Egon Bittner, who posited that in a democratic society the capacity to use coercive force is the defining feature of the police.  It isn’t unlimited authority – it is limited by legislative action, court decisions, can only be used in the performance of duty, not to settle personal disputes and we can’t […]

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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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Fire Lieutenant Promotions Announced

The City of Auburn Hills is pleased to announce the promotions of three firefighters to the rank of Fire Lieutenant. These promotions will improve efficiencies within the department and the quality of fire services and emergency medical services provided to the community. Michael Strunk has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant effective July 13, […]

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Congratulations Sgt. Stoinski

If you are a regular reader of this blog you’ll note that we are very proud of our personnel.  We like to highlight them and their accomplishments. Pictured is Sergeant James Stoinski.  He graduated last Friday from the MSU School of Police Staff and Command.  I attended his graduation which was held at the Michigan State […]

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