Community Policing is a philosophy of policing intended to reduce crime and the fear of crime. It improves the quality of life by encouraging a partnership between the police and the citizens of a community to develop a cohesive effort to solve problems creatively. Community policing strives to involve citizens for their input, information and assistance, leading to greater understanding and cooperation.
The Farmington Hills Police Department has been involved in community policing for over 20 years.
This program places citizens in volunteer clerical positions throughout the department. Volunteers donate their time to perform routine office functions which do not require sworn personnel. For information on how you can volunteer, contact the Crime Prevention Section at (248) 871-2750.
Volunteers are trained, provided with uniforms and vehicles, and given authorization to patrol the community to enforce handicap parking ordinances. Volunteers also ensure that commercial properties are in compliance with handicap parking signage. For information on how you can volunteer, contact the Traffic Safety Section at (248) 871-2730
The Night Watch program targets the business community and provides opportunities to advise business owners of any security deficiencies that leave them open to victimization.
Officers who work the evening and early morning hours (non-business hours) are encouraged to complete building checks during their shift. Officers will take immediate action if an emergency is found or will report non-emergency security issues to the Department’s Crime Prevention Section who will contact the business owner with the concern.
This group includes representatives from the Farmington Hills Police Department, City of Farmington Department of Public Safety, HAVEN, Call to Action Coalition, Mai Family Services, Oakland University, Jewish Family Services, Farmington Public Schools, Beaumont Hospital, State and City prosecutors, and the 47th District Court. Team members meet regularly to pursue their goal of preventing the tragedy of domestic violence by reaching out to people in crisis and making them aware of vital services that are available.
The Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association (FHPBA) was formed after the tragic off-duty deaths of two Farmington Hills officers. The FHPBA is a 501©3 charity dedicated to the unmet financial needs of police and fire personnel and their family members. Members also include the Farmington Hills Fire Department, Farmington Public Safety and the Franklin / Bingham Farms Police Department. Tax deductible donations may be sent to the FHPBA at P.O. Box 255, Farmington Hills, MI 48332.
Volunteer Department officers conduct an annual hunter safety course for area youth to ensure their hunting experience is both safe and enjoyable. This is the state’s Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety course and is required for individuals born after January 1, 1960 who wish to obtain their first hunting license. For more information, contact the Training Section at (248) 871-2759 or visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website.
Firearm safety and security is an issue of great concern to everyone, and unsecured firearms in the home present the potential for tragedy. In keeping with the City’s community policing philosophy, the Police Department will give a free gun lock to any adult Farmington Hills resident. Residents may obtain a lock at the Police Department’s Command Desk or at the Records Section between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The Department encourages all gun owners to properly secure their firearms and store them in areas which are not accessible to children.