Police Department

"To Serve and Protect"
The mission of the Melvindale Police Department is to provide for the safety and security of its residents and visitors, and the preservation of the public peace.

"Say NO to drugs and YES to life"

Melvindale Police Command Center

The command center is staffed by a police supervisor 24 hours a day. This is where all of the 911 calls come in as well as regular phone calls. The public has access to the command center at all times as well. When a call for service comes in it is the duty of the officer on the desk to direct the call to the appropriate personnel. Citizens are encouraged to contact the police department if they observe any suspicious activity in the City. If it is of an emergency nature call 911 otherwise call 313-429-1070

The Melvindale Police Department is made up of several divisions and specialized units.

  • Administrative
    This includes the Police Chief and four lieutenants that are in charge of the three shifts and the detective bureau. It is the responsibility of the administration to oversee and make sure that the department is running effectively.
  • Road Patrol
    Is comprised of three shifts with a lieutenant, a sergeant and patrolmen on each shift. The road patrol's primary function is to respond to calls for service from our residents. The patrol officer that responds to a call takes the appropriate action that they feel necessary and afterwards fills out a report. Other functions of the road patrol are traffic enforcement, patrolling the streets, checking businesses, and looking for any type of suspicious activity that may indicate criminal activity.
  • Detective Bureau
    Is staffed by a lieutenant and two patrol officers that are assigned there. The primary function of the detective bureau is to investigate cases that the patrol officers report on or complaints that come directly to them. Citizens should contact the detective bureau after they have made a complaint if they wish to follow up on a complaint they have made. Please call the detective bureau to set up an appointment.
  • Motor Carrier
    The motor carrier officer enforces traffic and vehicle weights laws pertaining to large semi trucks and commercial vehicles.
  • Ordinance
    The ordinance officer handles all animal and ordinance calls. If a citizen thinks there may be an ordinance violation they are encouraged to contact the police desk. The ordinance officer will then check the complaint to see if there is a violation of any local ordinances.
  • K-9
    The K-9 officer and his partner Mackey work together in their normal routine as a patrol officer. They train once a week with other K-9 officers and works closely with our narcotics officer in an attempt to rid the city of dangerous drugs.

The Melvindale Police Department has a Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) group of trained and dedicated volunteers that assist the police department in various ways throughout the year. Some of their functions are to assist the police at Melvindale Days, the homecoming parade and other events or functions as the need arises. The CERT Members go through mandatory training before becoming a CERT Member. If interested please e-mail the Melvindale Police Department at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If there is a snow emergency declared Citizens are required to move their cars off of the street. A snow emergency is declared when there is a potential for 4 or more inches of snow. Once the streets are plowed residents can park their cars back on the streets. If a car is not moved off of the street during a snow emergency it is subject to being towed.

Message from the Chief:

"It is always the goal of the Melvindale Police Department to provide professional service to all of our citizens and visitors. Please feel free to contact my office with any concerns that you may have."

Police Chief John Allen 313.429.1070 prompt 3
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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

Sgt. Cashel Ferguson
Sgt. Cashel Ferguson
Sgt. James Spence
Detective Sgt. James Spence

This webpage is dedicated to all the former and current Melvindale Police Officers that have served the City of Melvindale and especially to Sgt. Cashel Furgerson who gave his life while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on January, 3rd, 1955, and Detective Sgt. James Spence who died while on duty on March 17th, 1985.

Municipal Offices

3100 Oakwood Blvd.
Melvindale, MI 48122
P: 313.429.1040
F: 313.383.3993

Regular business hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. for lunch

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