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Police Department Overview

Michael R. Carlson, Chief of Police
Michael R. Carlson
Chief of Police

Police Department
215 W. Main St.
Northville, MI 48167
Phone: 248-349-5100
Fax: 248-349-2397

Mission Statement

The 60’s were a violent period in our nation’s history. The Vietnam War was dividing our country and the drug culture was intertwined with the peace movement. Race relations were reaching a high point of tension that erupted into riots in Los Angeles and Detroit. Within this context, President Johnson formed the Commission of Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The final report from this Commission was entitled the “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.”

This report was a turning point for Law Enforcement. It resulted in the Law Enforcement Assistance Program that helped to educate our Police Officers and brought Law Enforcement to a new and improved level of professionalism. The reason the Commission entitled its work “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society” was to point out the difficulty of controlling crime while preserving our freedoms. It is a simple matter to control crime in a totalitarian society.

September 11, 2001, brought this balance between freedom and the need to repress crime to a new level. The question of “How much freedom are we willing to give up to defend ourselves against Terrorism?” is consistently being asked. This brings into focus the importance of the Law Enforcement Profession in today’s world. In order to protect our freedoms, the law enforcement officer of today must be highly trained, intelligent and dedicated to controlling crime and preserving our quality of life. It is within this context, the Northville Police Department has adopted the following Mission Statement.

The Northville Police Department’s mission is to preserve our Freedoms by upholding the constitutional values of our nation, while controlling crime and preserving our community’s quality of life.

To accomplish this mission, the Department has adopted three values to guide our efforts. These are as follows:


The Northville Police Department is proud of its response time; however, we need to provide much more. Being responsive recognizes, at the outset, that police are expected to deal with an incredibly broad range of diverse community problems–not simply crime. It recognizes that the ultimate goal of the police is not simply to enforce the law, but to deal with problems effectively–ideally, by preventing them from occurring in the first place.


This value means that we will never betray our badge, our integrity, our character or the public’s trust. We will always have the courage to hold ourselves and others accountable for our actions. We will always uphold the Constitution and the Community we serve.


By establishing a culture of respect, we cultivate good habits that reflect, in the most positive way, upon ourselves and the law enforcement profession. We cannot respect those we must deal with on a daily basis, if we don’t respect ourselves. Ultimately we must treat others the way we would want to be treated under the same circumstances.

Overview of Department

The Police Department provides 24-hour police service, as well as dispatching fire and emergency medical services.  (Please note that the Police business office closes at 4:00pm.)

Currently, the authorized staffing level includes 1 Police Chief, 1 Captain, 3 Sergeants, 8 Police Officers, and school crossing guards.

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The primary function of the Department is patrol, which operate 24 hours a day. (Please note that the Police business office closes at 4:00pm.)  Officers assigned to patrol respond to calls for service, patrol the City in an effort to prevent crime, enforce traffic laws, and enforce criminal laws and City ordinances. In many cases, the officers handle the investigations from beginning to end. Most of the time, officers patrol in vehicles, but some time is spent patrolling on foot and on bicycles.

In addition to the patrol services provided to the community, the Department also provides other services. Officers provide patrol and some security services to Northville Downs Racetrack.

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Dispatch and lockup services are provided by the Northville Township Department of Public Safety. The business offices of the Police Department are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. At other times, a phone is available in the building entrance to contact a dispatcher for police assistance.