Police Department Programs
Police Explorers - Officer Al Jackson
Police Explorers is a volunteer, unpaid program intended for students ages 14-21 that are interested in a career in Law Enforcement. They meet every Monday evening at the Woodhaven Police Department. They train in various aspects of police calls for service (ie: Traffic Stops, Accident investigation, Domestic violence intervention, Building Searches and crime scene).They attend a 3 day annual competition every spring and a week long training academy every summer. They assist with the Uncle Same Jam and several other city events every year with parking management and traffic direction.
Police Reserves - Chief Jose Tossis
Police Reserves is a volunteer, unpaid program intended for adults 21 and over interested in providing service to the community and to the Woodhaven Police Department. Potential reserve officer applicants must have a valid Michigan driver's license, Michigan CPL and pass an intensive background examination. Applicants must be physically fit and if selected, attend and pass a Reserve Officer Academy. The Police reserves assist the Woodhaven Police Department with many city events providing traffic control and direction. They also conduct crime prevention patrols of the city's neighborhoods, schools and parks.
Safety Town - Program for Pre-Kindergarten students in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department. Date to be determined for 2018.
Shop with a Hero- The Shop With a Hero Event is held at the Woodhaven Meijer store.
Guests are treated to pizza, cookies and candy followed by a shopping spree. This year Local Heroes escorted over sixty children in need as they selected clothing and toys of their choice. Volunteers participated from the Woodhaven Police and Fire Departments, Gibraltar Police Department, Woodhaven Police Reserves and Explorers and other city employees.
The event is funded through efforts of the Woodhaven Police Charities, including proceeds from the annual Monster Mash 5k Run. The event would not be possible without the partnership with Meijer, and generous donations of local businesses. This was the seventh year the event has been hosted and was the largest ever.