Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A Farmington resident complains during Monday's city council meeting about trouble hearing dispatchers on a non-emergency call.
Richard Tangler asked Farmington city council members on Monday to look into problems he said he never experienced before Farmington Public Safety began contracting for dispatch services with the Farmington Hills Police Dept. Public Safety Director Bob Schulz said problems Tangler and others reported when using the department's non-emergency phone line are being addressed. The process of identifying the problem has taken weeks, he added. Tangler said on two occasions, he could not hear the dispatcher when he called for service. "I could hear there was someone talking, but I couldn't hear what they were saying," he told officials. He said he gave the dispatcher his phone number and got a call back to address his issue. "I can imagine a good…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Chief Chuck Nebus said the move signals 'the end of staffing and service reductions'.
Five new Farmington Hills Police officers – Jason Erickson, David Geffert, Derek Sturdevan, Matthew Theisen, and Mark Umerlik – were sworn in by City Clerk Pam Smith during a ceremony held at City Hall on Oct. 10. In a press release, the department also announced hiring a dispatcher, Jennifer Jordan. Police Chief Chuck Nebus noted the department is filling positions left open by retirements. “The recent hirings do not increase the size of the department, but signify the end of staffing and service reductions,” Police Chief Chuck Nebus said. Farmington Hills residents in 2011 approved 1.7 millsdedicated to funding public safety, which officials said would help maintain service levels in both the fire and police departments. The release …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Officer Brian Moore leads the department in alcohol-related arrests.
The Farmington Hills Police Department has named Officer Brian Moore as the 2012 recipient of the Farmington Hills M.A.D.D. Life Saver Award. Moore was among 95 law enforcement officers honored at the Lifesavers Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon, held at the San Marino Banquet Center in Troy on August 1. In a release issued by the department, Moore was described as "a leader in all alcohol-related arrests among his peers" with exemplary alcohol-related investigations. "Officer Moore is well respected by his peers and his supervisors for his work ethic, professionalism, and dedication." Moore started with FHPD more than 15 years ago, serving as a Cadet, Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Narcotics Detective. He has been …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A plan for a memorial that will incorporate a piece of the World Trade Center was displayed during the event.
Farmington Public Safety Director Bob Schulz unveiled plans Tuesday for a planned memorial that would honor the lives of those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Schulz displayed a rendering of the memorial during the 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony, held at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park in downtown Farmington. Designed by S3 Architects, the rectangular monument will incorporate a beam from one of the World Trade Center towers, which came down after planes slammed into them 11 years ago. "We wanted it to be something people could look at, touch ... just come and enjoy it," he said. The cost of the memorial is about $12,000. Anyone interested in making a donation toward the cost may contact Schulz, 248-…
Monday, August 13, 2012
Because there is a critical need, the Red Cross has come up with a special incentive.
Would you like a chance at winning a $500 gas card? All you have to do is roll up your sleeve. The Southeastern Michigan branch of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 16, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills. Because there is currently a critical need for blood donations, the Red Cross is offering an added incentive: All donors will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gas card. This Aug. 16 blood drive is also the annual “Battle of the Badges,” a friendly competition between the Farmington Hills Police and Fire Departments. Donors can cast a “vote” with their blood donation to help raise the tally of either department. During the summer, there is always a significant decrease …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Start gathering prescription medications you no longer want in your home for this safe, secure drop-off event.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Farmington Hills Police Department partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Sept. 29 to coordinate a one-day, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This collaborative effort will safely and anonymously remove potentially dangerous controlled substances (any medication requiring a prescription) from homes throughout the community. Residents of any city can use the DEA-provided collection box inside Farmington Hills Police Headquarters at 31655 Eleven Mile Rd., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will be supervised by officials from both the DEA and the Police Department. Prescription drugs do not need to be in original labeled packaging, any type of container is acceptable. On the April 28 Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Renovations begin this week at the Farmington Hills Police Dept., and the Farmington School Board meets tonight.
You'll have to excuse the dust at Farmington Hills Police Dept. for the next few weeks, as the building undergoes repair and renovation. Here's what else you should know today: Today should be mostly sunny with a high around 87, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will dip down into the mid-60s tonight, under partly cloudy skies. Renovations to the building on 11 Mile west of Orchard Lake are underway, and the Command Desk has been temporarily moved to the west side of the building. Look for "Police Business Parking" spaces on the west side of the building. School board members will elect new officers tonight and take care of other business as they organize for the new fiscal year. There will be a 6 p.m. special …
Visitors should look for parking and the Command Desk on the west side of the building.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Look for construction to begin this week at Farmington Hills Police headquarters, 11 Mile and Orchard Lake Roads. The project, which includes renovations and security upgrades, will last for several weeks, but will not interrupt the delivery of services or access to the building, according to a press release issued by the city. The Command Desk will be temporarily relocated on the west side of the building and some minor parking restrictions will be in effect. Spaces clearly marked “Police Business Parking” will be located west of the main entrance, along 11 Mile Road. The parking spaces directly in front of the building will be designated for construction equipment and workers. Access to the temporary Command Desk will be clearly posted …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
There were no injuries or arrests in the incident.
A gunshot was reported at a birthday party at the Farmington Hills Manor around 11:15 p.m. Friday night, according to Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus. Officers responded to the scene, but nobody was hurt and nobody was arrested. The police did impound a car and found a gun hidden in it, Nebus said. The case is currently under investigation.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Officials credit a voter-approved public safety millage with helping to balance the coming fiscal year's budget.
For the first time in about five years, Farmington Hills officials have approved a budget without dipping into financial reserves. Officials expressed appreciation to voters for a 2011 public safety millage, which shores up police and fire budgets, while taking some pressure off the city's general fund. The resolution city council members approved Monday includes just $28,000 in reductions. City manager Steve Brock pointed out that significant budget cuts were made in previous years, including a round of voluntary separations that cut the city's workforce by 39 employees. The total general fund budget, which covers operating expenses, is $51.4 million, more than 60 percent of which goes toward personnel costs. Brock said department …