Emergency Services Wins 2 City Budget Cups!!!

Here in Auburn Hills we are always mindful of the taxpayers’ dollars that we use to provide services.  We are highly conscious of what we spent to achieve what outcome.  Personally, I like to squeeze everything I can out of the dollars we are alloted for Emergency Services (Police/Fire) to achieve the best possible outcome. I […]

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An Honor

It doesn’t seem quite possible–I was notified late last year that I have earned life membership in the foremost police leadership organization in the world–the International Association of Chief of Police.  It means I have been a member for 20 years.  I first joined when I was a lieutenant at the Meridian Township Police Department.  […]

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Measuring Ourselves

One of my most important roles is to try to figure out whether we are as effective (and efficient) as we can be in our duties as police and fire.  On the fire side I am learning more about how to measure effectiveness by studying the emergency medical and the firefighting functions.  On the police […]

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Moving from a Good to a Great Organization

It isn’t often that any local agency has an opportunity to make far reaching changes that have the potential to impact the community for years to come.  Here in Auburn Hills we just took a very important step at the City Council meeting on Monday night.  If you are a reader of leadership and organizational management […]

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School of Staff and Command: Guest Blogger Lt. Ryan Gagnon

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Michigan State University School of Staff and Command 7th class.  This is a 400 hour problem-based course that utilizes a blend of classroom facilitated learning and cutting edge distance learning technologies.  Problem Based Learning (PBL) represents the next generation in law enforcement training by fostering critical thinking, and […]

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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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Working Together

I know local government gets criticized all the time for what is perceived as a lack of collaboration in the performance of our duties.  In fact that isn’t correct.  Actually today’s activities point out how wrong that is. At about 3 pm we got a report of a serious traffic crash on I-75 southbound near […]

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We Lost a Giant

I was saddened yesterday when I learned that Chief William Corbett (Ret.), Port Huron Police  had passed away.  He was a giant in our profession and we have lost a leader, mentor, friend.  Chief of Police William “Bill” Corbett – age 79 years,  passed away suddenly on Thursday –July 14, 2011 at approximately 11:30 am. Chief […]

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Just Helping Out a Friend

Last Wednesday I had an opportunity to help out a friend.  Chief Chuck Nebus of Farmington Hills asked me to be a member of an oral board interviewing officers from his department who were testing to be sergeants.  I was joined by Lieutenant Mike Wildt of Northville Township and Lieutenant Chris Wundrach of the Oakland County […]

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Important Transitions

Here in the PD we have to be the Jacks and Jacquelines of all trades.  We’ve developed an organizational culture that is based on being generalists instead of specialists.  We want to provide services that don’t depend on individuals with special skills.  We want all of us to have good quality skills.  Of course some […]

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