Novi police chief awarded MACP’s presidential medal

By: Jonathan Shead | Novi Note | Published August 27, 2021

 Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police President Ronald Wiles, left, presents Novi Police Chief David Molloy with the MACP’s presidential medal at the 2021 Summer Professional Conference Awards Banquet.

Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police President Ronald Wiles, left, presents Novi Police Chief David Molloy with the MACP’s presidential medal at the 2021 Summer Professional Conference Awards Banquet.

Photo provided by city of Novi


NOVI — It’s an award that the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police doesn’t give out every year — only when a nominee meets all the criteria — and this year, Novi Police Chief David Molloy met those marks.

Molloy was honored with the MACP’s presidential medal during the organization’s Summer Professional Conference Awards Banquet in July.

“It was certainly a very humbling moment for me,” he said. “It’s a testament to the people that we’ve had here at Novi for over 65 years in law enforcement. I’m really proud of that.”

Molloy is the 11th or 12th police chief to whom the medal has been awarded since the inauguration of the honor 20 years ago.

“It’s the highest award we can give out,” MACP Executive Director Robert Stevenson said.

“Every year, we don’t have somebody nominated that meets the qualifications. It’s a very high bar to get that award,” he added. “You have to do a lot for a long time, above and beyond what the normal dedication is, to earn that award.”

As a member of the MACP for the past two decades, serving as the association’s president from 2018 to 2019, as well as the city’s police chief since 2005, and the city’s director of public safety since 2010, Molloy’s service embodies the message of the medal, Stevenson said.

“He’s been so involved in the association over so many years. Everything from getting his department accredited both nationally and with the state accreditation program, (and) serving on a multitude of appointments and commissions,” Stevenson said. “From top to bottom, he does so much. He’s one of our go-to people. We always know that if we need something, if (he) can possibly do it, he will do it.”

Alongside his years with the MACP and in Novi, Molloy has also found time to give back to the next generation of law enforcement professionals. Molloy has taught criminal justice ethics, administration and other topical courses as an adjunct professor at Madonna University for the last 13 years, and he has taught new police executives at the MACP’s new chief and police executive school at Eastern Michigan and Michigan State universities.

“Knowing I can give back and help prepare the next generation of law enforcement executives is very fulfilling to me,” he said.

The accomplishment he’s most proud of, however, has been receiving accreditation status at the state and federal levels, and the added standards of transparency that the process holds for his department — especially in a national climate that has seen revived calls for police reform since the death of George Floyd.

The department became accredited Feb. 8, 2018, making it the sixth department in the state to be accredited by the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The department was re-accredited in June. The department also holds accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and is only one of three departments in the state to have both accreditations.

“Unfortunately, what you’re going to see in the national news, or any type of social media, are the negative things that have happened, and those do happen, but those are very small percentages, and certainly the millions of contacts law enforcement are having with citizens every single day, those are all resulting in positive interactions,” Molloy said. “I’m a firm believer that all law enforcement agencies should be transparent.”

The Novi Police Department has been operating with some of the called-for reforms in place already, he added. The department’s website includes a document, “Leading the Way,” which details the department’s use-of-force policies, data collected and other transparency efforts. The department has shared its policies with more than 100 other state agencies as a model for what Molloy believes to be a successful recipe.

“He’s one of our most progressive chiefs. He’s always on the leading edge. He keeps himself trained and up to date on what’s occurring. It’s just not himself; his whole department, that leadership, he makes sure his staff is developed. He just embodies everything that is the best of the chiefs,” Stevenson said.

For Molloy, however, it’s all just part of the job.

“I have the best job you can have. I look forward to coming to work, and I look forward to serving this community as long as I possibly can,” he said.

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