City of Harper Woods Incorporated in 1951
City of Harper Woods Incorporated in 1951
Law Enforcement - Crime Prevention - Fire Suppression
19617 Harper Ave.
Harper Woods, Michigan 48225
Director of Public Safety - Vincent Smith
The Department of Public Safety is a full service organization open to the public on a 24 hour basis. Our 26 full-time sworn police officers and 7 part-time officers are assisted by an outstanding support staff. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you in making Harper Woods a safe community to live, work and visit.
The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety is committed to excellence in law enforcement/fire safety and the preservation of life and property. The officers of the Department are held to the highest standards of loyalty, integrity and honesty. The primary responsibilities of the Department are prevention of crime, protection of life and property, suppression of fires, and the apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders. Our officers are trained to place a high emphasis on service and we respond to all calls for service with pride in our rapid response capabilities.
“All members of the Harper Woods Police Department will stand accountable for their conduct.”
Do you currently have video surveillance at your home or business? If so, we would like you to sign up for our Harper Woods Virtual Neighborhood Watch. Video surveillance is one of the best methods to apprehend and convict suspects in the act of committing crimes. Installing video surveillance is an excellent step toward helping to secure and protect your home and / or business, but it can also help the police protect your neighborhood.
The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety is always working hard to have a committed partnership with the residents / businesses throughout our community. Many residents and business owners operate surveillance systems and could be a part of our Virtual Neighborhood Watch. As crimes occur, some residents / businesses are not always aware their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime and keep our community safer. In addition, police are not always aware who may have this potentially vital information.
The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety is asking for all residents and businesses to register their own surveillance camera systems with the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety. If an incident occurs in the vicinity of your camera system, you will be contacted by the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety and we will request that you review your video to determine if there is any valuable information. There is no requirement to give access to your video system to the police department and this is a 100% volunteer program!
By registering, the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured any criminal activity. You would only be contacted by the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety if there is an incident in the vicinity of your security camera. The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety, if necessary, may request that you review your camera footage to assist in the investigation and determine if any part of the incident was captured by your video. If any crime in your area occurs, your video may be the only thing to help identify a suspect or a suspect vehicle that was used during the crime.
To register your video surveillance and allow officers/detectives to contact you, should an incident occur in or near where your cameras are installed, please fill out the form below. Any information submitted will be sent directly to the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety and will not be shared. Again, this is a 100% volunteer program and you may cancel at any time.
For further information you can fill out the form below or contact:
Detective Sergeant James Ruthenberg
Phone: (586) 463-6990
Phone: (517) 241-1806
Phone: (517) 332-2521
Phone: (855) 835-5324
Phone: (800) 222-1222
Would you like to say thank you, or commend a Police Officer or other employee for a job well done? You can come into the Police Department or call during regular business hours and ask to speak with the Director of Public Safety, Deputy Police Chief, or the on-duty Commander. You may also fill out the form below, write a letter, or e-mail the Police Department at anytime.