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Officer hired, promotions made in Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Department

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 11, 2020

 From left, recently promoted Grosse Pointe Shores Sgt. Tony Spina stands with new Shores Officer Jeff Roybal.

From left, recently promoted Grosse Pointe Shores Sgt. Tony Spina stands with new Shores Officer Jeff Roybal.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

 Douglas Fraser

Douglas Fraser

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Two longtime Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Department officers have moved up the ranks, while a third officer has joined the force.

Officer Tony Spina, who has been with the Shores for the last 20 years, recently was promoted to the rank of sergeant, while Sgt. Douglas Fraser, who has been with the department for the past 24 years, was promoted to lieutenant. The department also welcomed a new officer, Jeff Roybal.

Roybal, 36, served in the U.S. Army Reserve and spent the last five years working for Detroit EMS. He is a paramedic and tactical medic who has had hazardous materials training. He said he was deployed to Iraq from 2008 to 2010. A graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School, Roybal grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods and currently lives there.

“I’m happy to be a part of the team and be able to serve people in my own community — friends, neighbors,” Roybal said.

Roybal started working in the Shores Dec. 16, he said.

Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte said by email that Roybal graduated Dec. 16 from the Macomb Police Academy, where he “finished in the top of his class.” Spina is his field training officer, and Schulte said Roybal is “progressing quickly in the program.”

Spina echoed that sentiment.

“He’s been doing great,” Spina said of Roybal. “He’s energetic and willing to learn.”

Spina, who grew up in Detroit, is the assistant team leader for the Eastern Wayne County Special Response Team, which is the local equivalent of a SWAT team. He’s also a field training officer, a member of the firearms staff who trains fellow officers, and is the fire training officer. He said he was very happy to be promoted.

“It was a couple long months of preparation,” said Spina, noting the tests that officers take as part of the promotion process. “I was glad at this point in my career I could move on and experience a different role.”

In 2018, Spina received the Director’s Award from Schulte for serving the department in a wide variety of capacities and for rescuing a man who drove into Lake St. Clair. Spina was hired by the Shores as an officer on Dec. 7, 2000.

Fraser, who started with the Shores on Dec. 9, 1996, was promoted to sergeant on June 19, 2012. Like Spina, he has received several department honors over the years.

All three officers were recognized by the Shores City Council during a meeting Jan. 21. Schulte said Roybal was accompanied by his wife, Danielle, and young daughters, Sophia and Isabella. Spina was joined by his wife, Shannon; sons Alex and Justin; and mother, Elaine. On hand for Fraser were his wife, Vickie; sister Dana Fraser; and his daughter, Stacie Miller, a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department officer who pinned on Fraser’s new badge.