Council President Lloyd Crews speaks at a ceremony recognizing new hires and promotions within the Southfield Police Department July 29 on the front lawn of the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Complex.

Council President Lloyd Crews speaks at a ceremony recognizing new hires and promotions within the Southfield Police Department July 29 on the front lawn of the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Complex.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield police recognizes new hires, promotions

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published August 11, 2020

 Newly sworn-in Southfield police officer Sean Taylor holds his 1-month-old daughter, Sapphire, and newly sworn-in Southfield police officer Kyle Enriquez holds his 5-month-old twins, Josephine and Torey, after the ceremony.

Newly sworn-in Southfield police officer Sean Taylor holds his 1-month-old daughter, Sapphire, and newly sworn-in Southfield police officer Kyle Enriquez holds his 5-month-old twins, Josephine and Torey, after the ceremony.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department recently held an outdoor, socially distanced ceremony, swearing in new hires and recognizing those with recent promotions.

On July 29 on the front lawn of the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Complex, event attendees, who were encouraged to wear masks, also celebrated the one-year anniversary of Chief Elvin Barren’s appointment to the role.

Minister and Southfield Police Department Chaplain Rosemerry Allen sang the national anthem, and Mayor Ken Siver, Council President Lloyd Crews and Deputy City Administrator John Michrina gave remarks.

Sgts. Shane Russell, Jared Lanzon, Michael Morrish and Jared Womble were all promoted to the rank of lieutenant during the ceremony and were sworn in to their new role by City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins.

Karryn Rinehart, Kyle Enriquez and Sean Taylor were all sworn in by Hawkins as police officers with the department.

After the officers took the oath of office, a family member was allowed to join them on stage to present their new badge and take a photo.

“For all of you, starting with the ranks of police officer, extending to the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant, it’s about leadership, it’s about courage, commitment to the community, and accountability for ourselves,” Barren said. “So thank you for what you’ve done to get here.”

Siver commended the Police Department and thanked the officers’ families.

“For our new cadets I want to congratulate you for joining a great police force. Welcome to the Southfield family,” Siver said. “And to the officers that I’ve worked with, congratulations on your well-deserved promotions.

Michrina, former chief of the Monroe Police Department, said he wished to recognize the sacrifices members of the force have made to protect the public in times of unrest.

“I can tell you, there has never been and never will be an easy time to be a police officer. It is a difficult and dangerous job, and it always will be,” he said.

Barren spoke about how his 21 years of experience at the Detroit Police Department prepared him to be chief in Southfield.

“It was those experiences that I learned that prepared me for this role to head this great organization and bringing new ideas as it relates to accountability and national best practices in policing.”

Barren said that in his year with Southfield, he has revised policies, implemented a Traffic Safety Unit, increased the presence in schools, and helped orchestrate active shooter and opioid reversal drug training, and more. Body cameras are also coming soon to the department.

Barren said the July 29 ceremony was the first of its kind to recognize officers in 20 years at the Southfield Police Department.

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