Chief Eric Hawkins joined the Southfield Police Department in 1990, starting as a Police Cadet and appointed as a sworn Police Officer in 1991. Since then, Chief Hawkins has continued to rise through the ranks of the department – serving in the role of Acting Chief since May of 2011. Chief Hawkins was formally appointed as police chief in October of 2012. Throughout his career, Chief Hawkins has displayed exceptional qualities while handling increasing levels of responsibility. His assignments have included: oversight of the department’s tactical unit; command of the department’s downtown sub-station, which involved coordination of all the police department’s community-related programs, including crime prevention, D.A.R.E., traffic, and school officers; and assignment as Patrol Division Coordinator, where he oversaw the research, introduction, and implementation of private security lock-up operations which saved the City of Southfield over $400,000 annually. Most recently Chief Hawkins, a longtime Southfield resident, implemented initiatives designed to enhance police-community relations, including citizen and youth police academies and a Police Chief’s Citizens Advisory Board.
Chief Hawkins earned a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and an Associate’s in Business Administration from Oakland Community College. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI Command Institute for Police Executives, and Central Michigan University’s Law Enforcement and School Liaison Program Institute.
Chief Hawkins’ professional affiliations include: International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Hawkins serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations, and he serves as a volunteer on the Common Ground Crisis Hotline.