Chief of Police Elvin Barren
The Southfield City Council approved City Administrator Fred Zorn’s appointment of Elvin Barren as the new Police Chief at the July 8 City Council Meeting. Chief Barren officially began his employment with the City of Southfield on July 29, 2019.
Chief Barren previously served as Deputy Chief of Police of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) where he commanded the largest bureau in the DPD, including eight major units, a yearly budget of $137 million and over 1,100 police officers. During his 21 years of service with DPD, he has over 12 years of command experience with over six years at the rank of commander or above.
Chief Barren holds an Associates of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Wayne County Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and is currently completing a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Barren is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and has completed training at the Police Executives’ and New Chiefs’ School, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Barren also completed the Leadership in Counterterrorism Program (LinCT) sponsored by the FBI and has completed several other training and leadership development programs.
He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Policing Bureau-East for the Detroit Police Department. In this position, he commanded Detroit’s largest Bureau, overseeing day-to-day operations of the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th Precincts as well as the Downtown Services Division, Gaming Operations and the Metropolitan Division, which includes: Tactical Response Unit (TRU), Special Response Team (SWAT), K-9, Harbor Master, Bomb Squad, Traffic Enforcement, Mounted Division and Aviation. Chief Barren is also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving eight years as an Operations Specialist in addition to his over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, with eight years at the supervisory, management and executive levels.
The Southfield Police Department provides a full range of quality public safety 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.
Southfield Police Officers are supported by the latest technology and equipment available. 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 the department’s communication technology. Further, the Police Department 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. The department has installed a computerized arrest photo system, fingerprint system, computer aided dispatch and records management system. The Southfield Police Department is continuously adding new technology and crime fighting strategies to their existing police concepts to remains a leader in law enforcement and policing.
Phone: (248) 796-5300
Deputy Chief Nick Loussia - Investigations Division
Deputy Chief Loussia was sworn in as a police officer with the Southfield Police Department in 1991. During the course of his career, Acting Chief Loussia has been assigned to various positions throughout the department. He was assigned to the Directed Patrol Unit and to the Special Entry and Response Team in the Patrol Division, he was assigned as a Detective in the Court Services Section and he served as a Detective assigned to the department’s Criminal Surveillance Unit in the Investigations Division. He has also served as the Commander of the Downtown Station and as the Coordinator of the Special Operations Division. Prior to being promoted, Acting Chief Loussia served as the department’s Homeland Security Coordinator and as the department’s spokesperson. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2004, and promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief on June 16, 2014.
Acting Chief Loussia is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, the FBI/LEEDA Command Institute for Police Executives and Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
Phone: (248) 796-5435
Deputy Chief Brian Bassett - Patrol Division
Born and raised in the City of Southfield, Deputy Chief Brian Bassett attended Southfield Public Schools and joined the department’s Cadet program in 1998. A year later, he was sworn in as a police officer with the Southfield Police Department. As an officer, he was assigned to the Patrol Division serving as a Field Training Officer and an In-service Instructor. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009, he served as the Patrol Administration Sergeant acting as the department legal liaison, grant coordinator, Traffic Investigation and Animal Control unit supervisor. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014, he was selected as the Patrol Division Coordinator. In that role, he served as the Commander of the downtown station and the following units: Tactical Crime Suppression, Traffic, Training, Community Policing and Patrol Administration. On March 17, 2017, he was promoted to Deputy Chief. He remains the Commander of the Patrol Division including all field services, Community Policing and Training.
Acting Chief Bassett’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University (completion 2019), Master’s Certificate from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. He is also a graduate of both Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.
Acting Chief Bassett’s professional affiliations include: International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police. He also serves as President and board member for non-profit, Friends of the Southfield Police.
Phone: (248) 796-5307