Officers to be added to Rochester Hills substation

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published December 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new deputy and a new patrol investigator will be added to the staff at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation.

Currently, 58 officers contracted through the county are based at the substation, located on Barclay Circle.

The new officers will begin in January, said Capt. Michael Johnson, of the Rochester Hills substation.

Johnson said the patrol investigator position involves work as a community liaison.

“We get dozens of requests weekly in references to business, asking we check their security systems and train employees,” he said. “We have Scouts who want a tour as part of a badge. We have been taking people off the road (for this),” he said.

The new deputy will work an afternoon traffic shift, Johnson said, “a police officer who concentrates on traffic enforcement and crashes. We have hundreds of requests (from residents) to slow traffic down on their streets. The afternoon shift is our busiest shift.”

The Rochester Hills City Council unanimously approved a two-year, $8 million contract for 60 officers and two clerical positions Dec. 11.

“Thank you so much for all the work you do keeping us safe,” City Councilwoman Susan Bowyer said. “It is so appreciated.”

“It has been said we are the safest city in Michigan,” City Council President Mark Tisdel said.

In 2016, the FBI recognized Rochester Hills as the safest city in Michigan based on population, and the sixth-safest in the nation.  

According to FBI records, 72 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 residents in 2016 in Rochester Hills, compared to the national violent crime rate of 386 incidents reported per 100,000 people.

Rochester Hills is one of 16 communities that contract with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services. The law enforcement service contract allows the city to structure for needed positions identified by city administrators, the City Council, the substation commander and residents.

Currently, the Rochester Hills substation has an officer assigned to assist with walk-in complaints 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Residents requesting police services after hours can have an officer meet them at the Rochester Hills substation by using the phone located at the front door of the substation building.