West Bloomfield officer recognized for public service

By: Kayla Dimick | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 14, 2019

 Detective Katie Roshirt poses Nov. 6 with a community service award.

Detective Katie Roshirt poses Nov. 6 with a community service award.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 Stanley Clark Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 128 President Alex Mcllelan presents Roshirt with the award.

Stanley Clark Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 128 President Alex Mcllelan presents Roshirt with the award.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — According to experts, one of the keys to good police work is a positive relationship with the community.

Detective Katie Roshirt, of the West Bloomfield Township Police Department, was recognized for her embodiment of the philosophy Nov. 6 at police headquarters.

Roshirt was presented an award by the Stanley Clark Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 128.

President Alex Mcllelan said that throughout the year, the lodge presents awards to police departments for community service, heroism and life saving.

Mcllelan said Roshirt, a school resource officer, received the award because of her devotion to the West Bloomfield community.

Roshirt serves on the boards of the West Bloomfield Youth Assistance group and the West Bloomfield Police Foundation. The two charities support numerous youth programs in West Bloomfield, such as the Shop with a Cop program, a food truck rally and the Cops v. Teens water balloon fight. Roshirt also organizes the Comedy for a Cause event, and teaches a self-defense program for local women.

Deputy Chief Curt Lawson said Roshirt was all in on community policing from her first day on the force.

“She really has done a great job of building positive relationships in our community, and I just want to say, Detective Roshirt, on behalf of the chief and I and the entire team, thank you for your commitment and all you’ve done to make us look the way we look now,” Lawson said.

Roshirt said she is thankful to have received the award.

“It doesn’t happen often that you get recognized, because you’re so used to helping other people and doing community service,” she said. “But at the end of the day, this stuff is fun for me. I enjoy doing the community work that I do. … It doesn’t seem like work, but it’s beneficial and it’s necessary.”

Mcllelan said he hopes the award helped spread a little positivity.

“We started these awards three years ago for one simple reason: You guys are out there doing things every day that the public never hears about. All of them are good,” Mcllelan said. “We just want to give some positive press to combat all the negative things we see on the news every day.”

Mcllelan joked that since Roshirt’s name was spelled incorrectly on the award, she could use it for target practice until the new one arrived.

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