Public safety remains city’s top priority

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., (second from right) and Chief of Police Ronald Haddad (at right) conducted a swearing in ceremony for the city’s new police interns. Back row (from left): Adam Baydoun, Brennen Blevins and Jonathan Carriveau. Front row (from left): Lois Jaber and Sereen Hamawi.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Dearborn firefighters practice with new extrication equipment in December. The equipment was obtained through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ford Motor Co. donated late model vehicles to assist with real-life situations.

DEARBORN – The city continued its commitment to public safety in 2010.

Among the highlights:

Positive news on crime rates, citizen involvement: In examining the preliminary crime statistics for 2010, despite a nearly 10 percent increase in calls for service, the Police Department has seen nearly a 7 percent reduction in crime throughout the city.

As the department has initiated proactive crime reduction efforts, citizens have stepped-up embracing the participating in these efforts and together are impacting crime.

Residents’ involvement in Neighborhood Watch and Nixle programs have facilitated the flow of information between the community and the police and has been a vital element in crime reduction.

The East Border Crime Initiative Task Force: This unit was created in 2010 and is partially funded with grant money. It works in conjunction with neighboring police agencies and federal authorities. This unit is assigned directly to the police chief and is staffed by one sergeant and four officers.

Clemis Electronic (E-Ticket) program: The entire police fleet was equipped with E-Ticket software and printers in 2010. Because of this advanced technology, officers will no longer have to issue hand-written citations to the violators. Since August, 24,000 tickets were issued.

Dearborn Police Interns: Five police interns were recruited from local high schools and then completed an extensive hiring process. These police Interns are all residents of the city and are enrolled at the University of Michigan-Dearborn or Henry Ford Community College. The interns are afforded the opportunity to learn and participate in many of the functions at the department. Interns must maintain a high academic standard in college while enrolled in the criminal justice program. All of the police interns have aspirations of being full-time Dearborn police officers.

Fire Department grants: The Fire Department received two Federal Emergency Management Grants in 2010. They total more than $140,000 and were used to purchase new state-of-the-art rescue extrication equipment and new hose and nozzles.

Laptops increase critical information when responding to building emergencies: The Fire Department installed laptop computers in the battalion’s chief car and five fire engines, laying the foundation to input pertinent information concerning building utilities, hydrant locations, personnel quantities, hazardous materials, key holders and contact personnel.

Improving care for heart attack victims: An ongoing collaboration between the Dearborn Fire Department and Oakwood Hospital has helped improve the emergency care to heart attack victims. With the use of wireless technology, emergency personnel can transmit an image of someone who is having a heart attack directly to Oakwood Hospital in real time, setting in motion the hospital’s preparedness.