Munetrix scores Sterling high for safety

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 30, 2015

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A new ranking of populous Michigan cities found that Sterling Heights fits in the top tier of its peers, city officials said during a Sept. 15 City Council meeting.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool announced that the Auburn Hills-based government data firm Munetrix had ranked cities’ safety by population level. Based on 2014 data, the organization found that Sterling Heights ranked sixth among the top 15 Michigan cities with populations of more than 50,000. The city also ranked first among cities with more than 100,000 people, he said.

In the over 50,000 bracket, Rochester Hills was named the safest, followed by Macomb Township, West Bloomfield, Shelby Township and Waterford Township, he said. Sterling Heights came afterward, ranking higher than communities like St. Clair Shores, Troy, Farmington Hills and Clinton Township.

“This entity has never ranked us, so I think it lends even greater credibility to the other rankings that consistently (put) the Police Department … in this group,” Vanderpool said.

“So again, I bring this up because it’s always good to be in this top ranking, and I want to really highlight this because it’s reflective with the City Council’s ongoing commitment to public safety, allocating the necessary funding to hire 50 police officers over a three-year period while also providing state-of-the-art equipment.”

Vanderpool said the city has been replacing police cars and adding computer equipment into police cars.

Vanderpool closed his statements by saying the honor was “reflective of our outstanding men and women in the Police Department who take great pride in their work.” Later in the meeting, Police Chief Michael Reese presided over the swearing-in of four new police officers.

Mayor Michael Taylor called Sterling Heights the “safest big city in the state of Michigan” and one of the safest cities in the country. He thanked the residents once again for approving a 2013 public safety millage, crediting it for allowing the city to avoid cuts to public safety staff.

“While you’re filling in for somebody who is retiring, if it weren’t for the residents of Sterling Heights standing up and saying, ‘We want this service, we want you, we want professional police officers, professional firefighters protecting our city’ … you wouldn’t be here today,” he said, addressing the newly sworn-in officers.

Learn more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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