The Sterling Heights Police Department, in conjunction with the City’s Community Relations Department, announced the launch of a new program Tuesday night aimed at building stronger Police-community relations.
new program, called CORE, gives each of the six area districts of the City its
own officer assigned to serve as a resource to residents of the region.
the City’s Strategic Planning meeting Tuesday night, Police Chief John Berg and
Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski unveiled the program as a
creative way to put a face on the SHPD and offer a personal contact for concerned
residents, neighborhood associations, schools and more. CORE stands for “Community
Outreach and Engagement,” Kozlowski said.
Chief John Berg asserted SHPD as one of the strongest departments in the State
of Michigan, highlighting the City’s well-known low crime rate, professionalism
of its officers and existing outreach programs such as the Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT) and Police Explorers. However, he said, there is always
room to grow and build new connections with the citizens of Sterling Heights.
goal of the CORE program is to better humanize our department as well as for us
to be more proactive in our community outreach,” Berg said. “We hope the CORE
program will not only increase trust of police and allow for greater cooperation
from citizens, but also make our officers’ jobs safer and easier to do.”
CORE program uses the SHPD existing area district map and divides the City into
six boundaries: Adam, Baker, Charlie, David, Edward and Frank (see attached).
Each area district is assigned an officer that will be the region’s advocate
and neighborhood expert. These six officers will work not only
to make meaningful relationships, but to identify and report potential crime
trends or neighborhood issues to SHPD leadership. The six Police
Officers assigned to the program include Officer Robert Wojciechowski (Adam),
Officer Lamar Kashat (Baker), Officer Eric Le Roux (Charlie), Officer Guy Linn
(David), Officer Kirk Swenson (Edward) and Officer Anthony Roeske (Frank).
a resident has a concern about a certain crime in their neighborhood, speeding
or even a neighbor dispute, he or she can contact this officer directly to seek
advice or begin resolution of the issue,” Kozlowski said. “We
believe the CORE program will help SHPD find new ways to reach residents and
have more of an ear to the ground in our neighborhoods. There are only benefits
in creating a program such as this; we’re opening our Police to increased communication
Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said he was thrilled to learn the details of the
commend our Police and City for taking a proactive approach to increasing
communication and growing relationships with citizens,” Taylor said. “These
interactions will be incredibly useful for our Police to learn more about community
priorities as well as for our citizens to put a face on our wonderful Police
Department. I know myself and members of City Council are excited to get
involved in this program in our neighborhoods and continue to support it in any
way we can.”
said the program will officially get off the ground in early spring, with the
scheduling of the first neighborhood meetings. Additionally, the CORE team will
be reaching out to schools in their area district to begin scheduling outreach with
students. More information and resources will be shared on the City’s website,
calendar and on social media accounts when available.
more information, contact the city’s Community Relations Department at (586)