The City of Southfield Police Department provides a full range of quality services which include marked and unmarked patrol units, a well-trained Investigative staff, and outstanding Crime Prevention services. The department has been honored for outstanding service award from the Michigan Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Outstanding Crime Prevention Award by the Michigan Crime Prevention Association, and by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police for its outstanding community policing programs.
Our Police Officers are supported by the latest technology. Computers are installed in all marked patrol units to provide faster access to vital information about suspects, victims and addresses in and around the City of Southfield. The radio system represents an important improvement in the speed and efficiency of our communication technology. Further, we have instituted a FAX Network for local businesses and private police. This system is designated to share crime prevention and other information with the private sector in a timely manner. We have installed a computerized Arrest Photo System and a Fingerprint System. We have also automated the department by installing computer aided dispatch, a records management system and laptop computer terminals in the patrol vehicles.
The Southfield Police Department is continuously adding new and exciting ideas to their existing police concepts and remains a leader in law enforcement/policing. Priorities for The Police department include:
- The continued implementation of non-traditional police management concepts...the private sector approach to governmental management. That is, increase the level of service by viewing the public and police employees as customers and addressing their needs. This is not a private policing program, but a proactive approach which combines prevention techniques with positive attitude.
- Developing and encouraging a leadership style that will support a high level of service by retaining and developing our personnel. This process includes: (a) making all personnel a part of the decision making process, (b) allowing officers to actualize themselves through higher level training and special programs, and (c) utilizing the domestic or community-based approach to service delivery and introducing an earned media concept to encourage citizen participation by publicizing positive citizen action toward successful prevention/apprehension activities.
- Continuation of our community policing program, a partnership between police, business, schools, and citizens, designed not only to solve crime, but to help solve related problems. Criminal behavior must be made sociably unacceptable and economically unrewarding, as well as unlawful. Thus the people must become directly involved in the solving of community issues/crimes and total community wellness.
The Southfield Police Department prides itself on its highly-trained men and women, state-of-the-art technology, community policing philosophy, and a commendable crime prevention and crime fighting success rate.
The department employs more than 160 people. Of these, 70 percent are college-educated.
We are altering the way we do police business. This new approach is a direct result of society's changing needs. We are not only a law enforcement agency, but also a policing agency. Law enforcement is reactive, responding to incidents; policing is proactive, solving problems before they become police matters. An example of this is our initiating the first state award winning and nationally recognized Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program, which is designed to reduce the undesirable activity on these properties.
We believe in educating the public on safety and crime prevention. We offer free security inspections for homes and business. We visit schools, neighborhood associations, apartment complexes and other business and residential groups, teaching common sense techniques that add positively to residents' quality of life and sense of well-being.