Warren fire cadets stand at attention as they are introduced at the start of a ceremony May 11 at Warren's City Hall.

Warren fire cadets stand at attention as they are introduced at the start of a ceremony May 11 at Warren's City Hall.

Photo by Brian Wells


Warren Fire, PD celebrate new hires and promotions

By: Brian Wells | Warren Weekly | Published May 13, 2022

 Warren police officers raise their hands as they are sworn in during a ceremony May 6 at Woodside Bible Church in Warren.

Warren police officers raise their hands as they are sworn in during a ceremony May 6 at Woodside Bible Church in Warren.

Photo by Brian Wells

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WARREN — A group of new Warren police officers stood in front of a crowd that had gathered in the sanctuary at Woodside Bible Church on May 6. They raised their right hands in the air as City Clerk Sonja Buffa swore them in.

Among them was officer David Chapman, who spent five years with the Detroit Police Department’s 8th Precinct. The biggest difference between the Warren and Detroit police departments, he said, was he feels his new department would have his back.

“It’s almost like a breath of fresh air,” he said of his new department.

Aaron Bliss, a Warren native, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Detroit police officer, echoed the same sentiment. He was looking forward to working for a department that he feels supports him. He also said he was excited to start working for his hometown department.

“It’s actually pretty cool,” he said. “I used to do all the bowling events when I was a little kid with them.”

In addition to the 17 new officers that were sworn in, the department also recognized several promotions and the hiring of new dispatchers.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the hiring puts the department at full staffing levels. 

This, Dwyer said, is an accomplishment.

“It’s not often that you see a department today that’s fully staffed,” he said, addressing the crowd. “I’m very pleased that we are fully staffed … It’s because of the dedication and because of the respect, because of the reputation that the Warren Police Department has.”

Dwyer said the new officers are joining a department that has the support of the city’s administration, mayor and City Council. He also believes the department is the best in the state because of its benefits, pension, working conditions and equipment.

He also recognized the hard work that the new officers had put into their careers.

“You wouldn’t be sitting here if you didn’t want to come to Warren, and it wasn’t easy to get here,” he said. 

Almost a week later, the Warren Fire Department held a similar ceremony for its cadets and new firefighters. As the cadets graduate from the department’s program in the next few weeks, the Fire Department would be reaching full staffing levels, Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said.

“Much like our counterparts … The fire service is a family,” McAdams said.

Like many other departments, Warren has had a problem hiring firefighters, McAdams said, but the city chose not to let that be a barrier.

“Working with the union to create a new contract that created a cadet program, and we made our department’s wage and benefits competitive with everybody in the state of Michigan,” McAdams said. “We laid the foundation.”

“We’ve addressed our challenges, now we’re coming to the finish line,” he added.

Contact Staff Writer Brian Wells at (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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