Chief of Police Elvin Barren
The City of Southfield appointed Elvin V. Barren as the Chief of Police on Monday, July 29, 2019. Chief Barren holds a Master of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Wayne County Community College. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and a graduate of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program (LinCT), sponsored by the FBI. Chief Barren is also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving eight years as an Operations Specialist.
Chief Barren served 21 years with the Detroit Police Department. He retired from the Detroit Police Department as a Deputy Chief. His responsibilities included five precincts, the Downtown Services Division, and eight specialized units (SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9, Air Support, Harbor Master, Traffic Enforcement, Tactical Response Unit, and City-Wide Parks Detail).
Chief Barren was hired to implement change within the Southfield Police Department. As the Chief of Police for the City of Southfield, Chief Barren has instituted a variety of new initiatives and policy revisions. The current Use of Force policy is now in compliance with National Best Practices in Policing. The Governor of Michigan and various community leaders applauded Chief Barren for adopting a Duty to Intervene policy and encouraging other departments to adopt similar guidelines.
Chief Barren changed the direction of the department by instituting the Community Harms - Directed Policing Model. Under the Community Harms – Directed Policing Model, violent and property crimes remain a top priority. However, community input regarding harms affecting quality-of-life concerns get addressed with a sense of urgency.
This approach ensures that the department is creative at implementing strategies to address community concerns related to behavioral health, environmental issues, substance abuse, traffic accidents, and the youth. This model provides the Southfield Police Department with a framework to strategically allocate resources appropriately. The model is fluid, allowing it to address changes in community harms over time.
As an example, Chief Barren has established a Domestic Violence - High-Risk Response Team (HRRT). The HRRT is a multi-disciplinary group comprised of public safety officials, court representatives, school officials, elected officials, and non-governmental community advocate organizations. The HRRT is dedicated to identifying high-risk domestic violence cases, and the creation of coordinated community response, including prevention and community education.
Under Chief Barren’s leadership, the Southfield Police Department is now fully equipped with Body Worn Cameras and new In-Car Video Cameras. Chief Barren is recognized for his courageous leadership and constant determination for community involvement and outreach.
Phone: (248) 796-5300
Deputy Chief Jeffrey A. Jagielski - Investigations Division
I have been with the Police Department for 25 years. I started here as a Police Cadet in 1995. I was promoted to the rank of Police Officer in 1996. Since then, my career has taken me down a broad path, to include the following assignments:
- Directed Patrol Unit
- Special Entry and Response Team (20-year member: Sniper, Entry/Operator, Chemical Munitions Specialist, Team Leader and Team Commander)
- Honor Guard (20-year member: Team Leader and Team Commander)
- Tactical Crime Suppression Unit (Officer and Sgt.)
- Use of Force Instructor
- Promoted to Sergeant in 2014
- Promoted to Lieutenant in 2017
- Watch Commander
- Investigations Division Coordinator
- Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command Graduate
- Promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in 2020
As the Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division, I oversee the Detective Bureau, Court Services, jail operations, background investigations, the Property Room, and the department’s Task Force Officers.
Phone: (248) 796-5540
Deputy Chief Thomas M. Langewicz - Patrol Division
- 34 Year law enforcement veteran
- Started my career in law enforcement with the Detroit Police Department in 1987 and was assigned to the Ninth Precinct for nearly ten years.
- In 1996, I became a member of the Southfield Police Department and was promoted to the Rank of Sergeant in 2008. I served as a Sergeant for six years and was assigned to both the Patrol Division and the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit.
- I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014 and was assigned as the Investigations Division Coordinator and as Watch Commander with the Patrol Division.
- Member of the Southfield Special Entry and Response Team for the past 17 years and Team Commander for six years.
- Liaison for the Southfield Police Department to The Oakland County Tactical Response Consortium also known as Oak Tac. Oak Tac was established to respond to major incidents requiring mutual aid such as, active shooters or civil disturbances. In addition to being a liaison, I am currently an active shooter and mobile field force instructor with the consortium.