Sterling Heights Police Department plans to staff new unit with newly hired officers – Macomb Daily

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The Sterling Heights Police Department has big plans for seven new officers who are being hired, trained and will be patrolling city streets within weeks.

In a press release on Monday, department heads say their plans to further increase safety for the community’s 134,000 residents include:

• Formation of a new directed patrol unit of five officers to focus on “hot spots” where crime or complaints are on the rise.

• Added two officers to the Community Services Unit to focus on community policing and other public outreach issues.

Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said Sterling Heights City Council has always made public safety a top priority. As a result, the city is able to recruit and retain Michigan’s best officers, he added.

“When you hire the best, you get exemplary service, innovative programming and one of the most professional departments in the state,” Dwojakowski said in a statement.

Chief Constable Dale Dwojakowski PHOTO – STERLING HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

Law enforcement officials assigned to the Directed Patrol Unit will pay particular attention to issues related to residential and commercial crime reduction, speeding issues and nuisance complaints.

Too often, police officers on standard patrol respond to complaints from residents or have to drive from scene to scene to respond to various calls. The directed patrol unit will be able to focus on specific complaints and take the time to address them.

The community services unit’s supplemental workforce will work on a variety of outreach efforts involving neighborhood parks and educational programs at middle and elementary schools across the city, officials said in the statement.

The new efforts — as well as existing ones — underscore one of the reasons the FBI has consistently rated Sterling Heights as one of the safest major cities in the United States, according to Mayor Michael Taylor.

“Our residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life that includes low crime, excellent schools, safe parks, and a responsive policing service that is committed to continuous improvement and best practices in community policing” , Taylor said in a statement.

The cost of hiring seven new officers will be covered by the recent closure of the detention center inside the Sterling Heights Police Department.

A Sterling Heights police vehicle (MACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO)

After the jail closed, prisoners are now transported directly to Macomb County Jail in Mount Clemens. The move will save Sterling Heights $700,000 a year in contract security personnel needed to operate the jail 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to the police chief.

“This transition required an enormous amount of work and planning on the part of our officers, District Court 41-A and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department,” Dwojakowski said in the statement. “We were committed to the process and, in the end, we made it. The real winners are our residents.

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