The Administration of the Police Department consists of five members: the chief of police, deputy chief and three captains who are division commanders. The administration is supplemented with two civilian staff members whose responsibilities are payroll and benefit administration, employee records, financial tracking and other clerical duties.
Chief Curtis Caid
Chief Curtis Caid began his career in 1979 as a police cadet and has worked his way through the ranks, being appointed as Chief of Police by Mayor Jack E. Kirksey on October 12, 2011. Over his career, Chief Caid has been assigned to many positions within the Police Department. At the rank of Police Officer, Chief Caid was assigned as a uniform patrol officer, re-assigned as an undercover surveillance detective and then transferred to the Detective Bureau. In 1993, Chief Caid was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and, for the next 2 years, was a supervisor on the afternoon patrol shift. In 1995, Chief Caid was re-assigned as a Detective Sergeant responsible for investigating crimes against persons and internal investigations. In 2000, Chief Caid was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and re-assigned to the Uniform Division. After a short period, Chief Caid was transferred to the Intelligence Bureau where, over the next 5 years, he oversaw all undercover narcotics, criminal surveillance investigations and the expansion of the unit, partnering with the United States Marshall’s Fugitive Apprehension Team. In 2005, Chief Caid was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Commander of the Uniform Division. Two years later, Chief Caid was re-assigned as Division Commander of the Administration/Support Services, where he was responsible for budget preparation, training, and records management. In 2008, Chief Caid was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police, responsible for the day- to- day operations of the Police Department.
During his career, Chief Caid was a proud member of the Livonia Police Honor Guard, a Field Training Officer (FTO), and an instructor in emergency vehicle operation, where he achieved certifications in Michigan and Virginia.
Chief Caid has been married to his wife Lori for 28 years and has three adult children, of whom he is very proud. His oldest son is a police officer in Texas, his daughter is a cosmetologist in the Lansing area and his youngest son is a firefighter in Battle Creek.
“I am so very proud of my family and equally proud of the members of the Livonia Police Department. Whether sworn or civilian, they are individuals of incredible character who are committed to serving the citizens, businesses and visitors of the City of Livonia. I am humbled to be amongst them.”
Churchill High School, Livonia
Schoolcraft College, Associates Degree
Madonna University, Bachelor of Science Degree
Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
FBI – Law Enforcement Executive Development
Central Michigan University, Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute
Michigan State University, Police Executive Development
Automobile Theft Prevention Authority, Board Member, Appointed by Governor Snyder, 2012
International Association of Chiefs of Police
National Association of Chiefs of Police
Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Secretary – Treasurer
Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Immediate Past President
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area – (HIDTA) Eastern Police Chief’s Alternate Representative
Wayne County Association of Chiefs of Police, President
Western Wayne County Association of Chiefs of Police
Western Wayne County Criminal Investigations, Board Member
Western Wayne County Special Operations, Board Member
Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association, Chair – Law Enforcement Committee
Wayne County Reginal Police Academy, Member – Advisory Board
Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (MI-C.O.P.S.), Trustee
Deputy Chief Benjamin McDermott
Deputy Chief McDermott began his career with the Livonia Police Department in 1979. Since that time he was promoted through the ranks and assigned to numerous positions in the Police Department. Early in his career he worked as a cadet and patrol officer. In 1986 he was transferred to the Intelligence Bureau and worked the next six years in criminal surveillance and as an undercover narcotics investigator. He was promoted to sergeant in 1991 and assigned as a supervisor in the patrol bureau. In 1992 he was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration and worked as a DEA Task Force Agent for the next three years. In 1995 he was assigned as the supervisor of the Livonia Police Narcotics Unit. In 1997 he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as a patrol shift commander. In December of 1998 he took command of the Detective Bureau, the Hostage Negotiation Team and was the Department’s Public Information Officer. Over the next six years he led numerous high profile investigations and reorganized the bureau. In 2005 he took command of the Intelligence Bureau, responsible for drug enforcement and criminal surveillance. Both the Detective and Intelligence Bureau were awarded unit commendations during his administrations. In early 2008 he was promoted to Captain and led the Administrative and Uniform Divisions until his promotion to Deputy Chief in January 2012. As Deputy Chief, he is second in command of the Police Department and assists the Chief of Police with the day to day operation and overall administration of the Police Department. He is a graduate of Madonna University and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He has also attended the Central Michigan University Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute, the FBI Leadership Institute and the Michigan State Police Executive Development Program. Deputy Chief McDermott is a lifelong resident of Livonia and is married with three children.
Captain Ron Taig
Captain Ron Taig began his career in 1988 and is currently the Investigative Division Commander and the Public Information Officer. Over his career, Captain Taig has been assigned to various positions throughout the police department. These have included the Patrol Bureau, Special Operations Bureau and the Intelligence Bureau. Captain Taig is currently the Team Commander of the Western Wayne County Special Operations Team, and the former Commander of the Western Wayne County Mobile Field Force Team. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Madonna University. Captain Taig is also a graduate from the FBI National Academy, Class #237 and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command Class #351.
Captain Thomas Goralski
Captain Goralski began his career in the Livonia Police Department in 1989 and is currently the Support Services Division commander. Over his career, Captain Goralski has been assigned to several positions within the various Divisions of the Police Department; including Uniform Patrol Officer, Special Operations Unit, Intelligence Bureau, Uniform Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Operations Lieutenant, Patrol Commander, Officer in Charge of the Intelligence Bureau and Officer in Charge of the Detective Bureau. He has served on the Livonia Police Honor Guard and has served as Driving Coordinator of Emergency Vehicle Operations. Captain Goralski is currently the Commanding Officer of the regional Western Wayne Crisis Negotiators team. He has two associate degrees from Henry Ford Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Madonna University. In addition, Captain Goralski is a graduate of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy for Police Executives. He is married with two children and a longtime resident of Livonia.
Captain Daniel McKeon
Captain McKeon began his career in 1986 and is currently the Uniform Division Commander. Over his career, Captain McKeon has worked in Patrol Bureau, Special Operation Unit and prior to his promotion the rank of Captain he was the Officer in Charge of the Intelligence Bureau. Captain McKeon has an associate degree in Law Enforcement from Kalamazoo Community College, a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He is married with three children.