Annual Report

 

LIVONIA DIVISION OF POLICE

The Livonia Police Department is the ninth largest police department in the State of Michigan.  The Administration Bureau consists of the Chief of Police, one Deputy Chief of Police, two Captains who are Division Commanders.  Two civilians provide administrative support, including payroll and benefit administration, employee records, and financial tracking.

In 2013, the police department added 20 members to its staff; however, the police department also experienced 22 separations of service.  We are committed to maintaining adequate staffing levels without sacrificing the high standard of qualifications of candidates.

Support Services
Support Services is responsible for the efficient day-to-day operation of the Department.  Important functions include:  preparing and maintaining the budget, purchasing, training, personnel, labor relations, contacts with citizens groups, as well as providing reports to the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and various City Commissions.

Training
During fiscal year 2013, the Training Division coordinated the attendance of our officers at more than 130 off-site, in-service training courses and administered the State training resources, as well as the Federal Bullet Proof Vest Grant.  The Training Division also ensured that all officers completed the MCOLES Firearms Proficiency Standards, including our Reserve Officers, and conducted nearly 50 firearms training sessions throughout the year.  Several dispatchers attended numerous off-site courses, and the reporting of the 9-1-1 funds was conducted in accordance with the grant.  Due to personnel shortages, our annual Police Officer Refresher Training (PORTS) was reduced to two days and covered MCOLES Firearms Re-certification and Subject Control.  This training is in addition to mandatory training sessions which covered:  Intermediate Weapons, Hazardous Materials, and Legal Update.  The Training Division coordinated with the Civil Service Department on hiring 15 new Police Service Aides and five Police Officers.  Six Police Service Aides attended the Western Wayne County Regional Police Academy and were promoted to the rank of Police Officer.  Additionally, five other Police Service Aides were promoted to Police Officer during this period.

In February 2013, the Livonia Police Department hosted a regional leadership  seminar for law enforcement supervisors throughout southeast Michigan.  Every supervisor at the Livonia Police Department was required to attend. Two nationally recognized experts were featured, covering legal matters and leadership.   This training was rated excellent by the participants.

The Training Division coordinated the attendance of three command officers to the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, which carries prestigious accreditations.

Communications
The Dispatch Center equipment includes the computer aided dispatch terminals, 9-1-1 premise equipment, early warning sirens, cable override capabilities, Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) teletype equipment, etc.  In 2013, research was completed on replacing the city’s Enhanced 9-1-1 system which will allow for text to 9-1-1, remote location answering, and additional redundancy.  This project is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.  There are currently 10 dispatchers assigned.

Communications is also responsible for the building’s Uninterruptible Power Supply system and its battery bank, as well as the proper testing and operation of our emergency generator.  In 2013, a new emergency generator was installed that is capable of supplying power to the entire police building, as well as powering the radio system.

Computer Services
Computer Services is responsible for research and development, maintenance, implementation, training, support, and purchasing for the Police and Fire Departments’ 300+ computer devices, software and specialty equipment.  This includes:  desktops, mobile scout car computers, printers, servers, fingerprint identification equipment, video and audio devices, surveillance equipment, as well as wireless and Bluetooth devices.  Computer Services also supports multiple networks including all fire stations, the CLEMIS consortium, and mobile scout car wireless communications.  Additionally, Computer Services is responsible for the 9-1-1Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Director’s duties.  In all, over 3246 projects, support calls, and service requests have been completed for 2013.

In 2013, multiple end-of-life servers were replaced and a virtual server was installed to reduce support costs and increase redundancy.  All new mobile scout car computers have been purchased at almost half the cost of the original computers.  A new in-car video system has been purchased, which will allow for wireless uploading and doubling the quality of the video.  Desktop production software was updated, along with multiple computers that were antiquated.    NOPTIC infrared cameras were implemented on multiple scout car computers.  And, finally, this bureau assisted in the following projects:  New badge, patch and car logo designs; new department wide generator installation; and in-station video system.

Central Records
Central Records is staffed with five full-time and two part-time civilians.  This bureau reviews and files all arrest and history information and verifies/updates information on incident reports, as required by the State of Michigan.  In addition, they fulfill Freedom of Information requests, subpoenas and discovery orders, electronically fingerprint citizens for record checks, and are responsible for the issuance of pistol purchase permits. Central Records personnel also update Criminal Records information as necessary.

Property and Licensing
The Property and Licensing Unit is staffed by one Police Officer and a temporary part-time civilian.  The main function of the Property and Licensing Unit is to receive, document, and store evidential and non-evidential property coming into the possession of the Livonia Police Department.  Other work activities include:  the control and tracking of impounded and abandoned vehicles; oversight of vehicle auctions conducted by towing agencies; categorizing and submitting confiscated firearms and other miscellaneous weapons to the Michigan State Police for destruction; and licensing taxi cab operators and other licensing investigations authorized under Title 5 of the Livonia Code of Ordinances.  In 2013, the unit changed its method of auctioning property and bicycles to an online auction service in order to reduce overtime/increase revenue.

Investigation Division
The Investigative Division is comprised of several units including:  Detective Bureau, Crime Scene Unit, Crime Prevention, Special Victims Unit, Court Services/Liquor Control Enforcement, Internet Crimes Against Children, School Resource, and Crime Analysis.  The Investigative Division Lieutenant is in charge of four Sergeants, 15 Police Officers, and three civilians.

The Detective Bureau is currently staffed with two Sergeants, six Police Officers and one civilian.  Their responsibilities include the investigation of most reported crimes, which include assaults, robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and frauds.

One Sergeant and one Police Officer make up the Crime Scene Unit, which is responsible for processing crime scenes, including collection and analysis of evidence.   A Police Officer is assigned to Crime Prevention, whose duties include tours of the police department, as well as teaching civic groups and businesses crime prevention techniques.  In addition, the Crime Prevention Officer is responsible for research, compilation, analysis, mapping of crime trends/patterns and the distribution of such findings throughout the department.  The information assists patrol, investigative and administrative staff in planning the deployment of resources for the prevention, intervention, and suppression of criminal activities within the city.

The Special Victims Unit is comprised of one Sergeant and two Police Officers.

This unit investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases.  The Sergeant is also our Polygraph Examiner.  One Police Officer and one civilian, under the supervision of a Detective Bureau Sergeant, are assigned to Court Services/LCC enforcement. They handle the daily court activity and process all warrants.  They also investigate Michigan Liquor Control Commission license applicants and enforce the MLCC laws.

One Police Officer is assigned to the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. The ICAC Unit investigates individuals who, via the Internet, attempt to lure minors for illicit acts.  The School Resource Unit is comprised of three Police Officers who are assigned to the middle and high schools.  They provide a liaison between the police and schools and investigate any crimes that occur at the schools.

A Clerk Typist serves as an Office Manager responsible for daily logs, employee time records, Sex Offender Registry, canceling warrant recalls, and handling writs.

 

Uniform Division 

Patrol Bureau
The Patrol Bureau is comprised of one Captain, four Lieutenants, 13 Sergeants, 61 Police Officers, 11 Police Service Aides, 10 Dispatchers, and one Vehicle Maintenance Coordinator.  The Patrol Bureau provides around-the-clock assistance, protection, and law enforcement to the City of Livonia.

Traffic Bureau
The Traffic Bureau consists of one Sergeant and four Police Officers, one of which is a Motor Carrier Officer.  All Traffic Bureau personnel have been trained in basic traffic crash investigation, which is the primary focus of this bureau.  Several officers in this bureau are also trained in accident reconstruction.  This bureau investigates all fatal and serious injury crashes, which are surveyed and photographed with an extensive technical follow-up investigation. The Traffic Bureau also includes the Motorcycle Unit and a Motor Carrier (commercial vehicle) Enforcement Officer.  Secondary  responsibilities include:  investigation and prosecution of traffic-related crimes, civil forfeiture of vehicles for drunk and drugged driving, selective traffic enforcement activities, traffic crash pattern analysis, engineering enhancement recommendations for improved traffic flow and increased safety, breath test instrument calibrations, hiring and supervision of school crossing guards, training and monitoring of all speed enforcement equipment, and Planning/Zoning Boards’ research and recommendations.

The Traffic Bureau Sergeant is an ad-hoc member of the Livonia Traffic Commission and attends all meetings.  Additional bureau responsibilities include:  completion of numerous injury and property damage crash investigations, hit and run crash investigations, reckless driving complaints, and fleeing and eluding investigations.  The Traffic Bureau reviews all crash reports, tracks and reviews all drunk driving arrests and related vehicle forfeitures, and manages the  Strategic Traffic Accident Reduction (S.T.A.R.) program and the Safe Communities grant program (Click-It or Ticket and Over the Limit, Under Arrest).

 

Community Service Bureau
The Community Service Bureau is staffed by one Police Officer, who reports to the Patrol Operations Lieutenant.  This officer also serves on the Board of the Livonia Anniversary Committee, planning and implementing all public safety aspects of the annual Spree Festival.  The unit is responsible for the administration of the Police Reserve Program, which consists of 48 Reserve Officers.  These officers provide personnel and support for emergency events including snow alerts, downed power lines, and crowd control.  Uniformed personnel in this bureau worked 8,101 hours at special events throughout the City of Livonia during 2013, including school functions, the Livonia Spree, and other civic events.  The total cost of services for the year is estimated at $166,649.89 with fractional reimbursement at $78,064.46.  Discounted and unsubsidized services amount to $88,585.43.

This bureau also supervises the Community Emergency Response Team and  Police Explorer Post #213.  The Police Explorer Post, in conjunction with the national Learning for Life organization, is a community-based group that gives young adults interested in law enforcement a chance to experience both law enforcement and community service.  There are 10 Explorers actively involved who have been engaged in a number of community-based activities in 2013.

Intelligence Bureau
One Lieutenant, five Sergeants, six Police Officers, and one Clerk Typist staff the Intelligence Bureau.  Their responsibilities are as follows:

As the Officer-In-Charge, the Lieutenant supervises all members of the bureau and is responsible for the management and administration of the bureau. The Lieutenant reports directly to the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police.

Two Sergeants directly supervise four Police Officers on two teams. These teams are responsible for all narcotics enforcement and criminal surveillance affecting the City of Livonia.  These teams are usually staffed with six Police Officers instead of four.  The shortage is due to current budget issues affecting the department.

A third Sergeant handles all narcotics evidence for the department and narcotics case preparation, to include court presentation and civil forfeiture actions.

A fourth Sergeant, along with one Police Officer, are assigned to the Michigan State Police – Western Wayne Narcotics Investigations.  This unit consists of our two officers and seven other officers from the State Police, Plymouth Township, Canton Township, Northville Township, and the federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Bureau.  This unit is responsible for developing and prosecuting narcotics cases in the Western Wayne County communities.

A fifth Sergeant is assigned to a United States Marshal Fugitive Apprehension Team. This unit is responsible for the arrest of felony fugitives who have fled prosecution in local, state and federal criminal cases.

One Police Officer is assigned to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tactical Diversion Unit Task Force, specifically targeting illicit prescription medications being trafficked in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

The Clerk Typist serves as an Office Manager responsible for daily supplies, records management, and employee time records.

Emergency Preparedness
The City of Livonia is recognized as an independent Emergency Management Program by the State of Michigan under Public Act 390.  The purpose of Livonia’s Emergency Management Program is to allow the City to prevent, prepare, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies, natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Primary responsibilities include: planning, training, equipment, exercise, and the management and administration of Livonia personnel and resources charged with responding to major incidents. Along with these primary responsibilities, Livonia’s Emergency Management Program focuses on being an emergency preparedness resource for the citizens and business community.

The City’s Director of Emergency Preparedness is responsible for the overall organization and management of Livonia’s Emergency Management Program.

A  Police Sergeant is appointed as the Director of Emergency Preparedness  and works closely with local, county, regional, state, federal, private and volunteer partners involved in emergency management and homeland security.

During 2013, significant emergency preparedness activities included:  completing the revision of both the City of Livonia Emergency Operations Plan and Hazardous Mitigation Plan as required by the State of Michigan; procuring and managing Justice Assistance Grants (JAG’s) that provide equipment to enhance the City’s emergency response capabilities; procuring and managing Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants that provide for the training and purchase of equipment that increase the interoperability of the City, as well as the Western Wayne County Mobile Field Force and Western Wayne County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) law enforcement specialty teams.

Additional activities include: conducting training exercises by City emergency response personnel, in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF) as required by Presidential directives; updating the Emergency Response and Building Evacuation plans for City Hall, as well as working with city employees who are part of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT); representing the City with multiple local, county, regional and state homeland security and emergency management organizations; providing Livonia Publics Schools and Clarenceville Public Schools with communications equipment for greater interoperability during critical incidents;  establishing a mass notification system that allows for greater early warning and notification of significant incidents to both school districts, as well as private and parochial schools in the city.

Livonia’s Emergency Management Program is an all hazard based program that partners with the community as a whole.  This partnership with the citizens and businesses of Livonia was accomplished by conducting emergency planning  presentations/exercises with public and private partners including: Schoolcraft College, Madonna University, St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital, Marywood Nursing Care, Livonia Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the Civil Air Patrol, Livonia Rotary Clubs, and the Livonia Amateur Radio Club.

Additional community based activities included:  partnering with the National Weather Service to bring “Skywarn” training to the citizens of Livonia; and providing assistance to Livonia’s long-term care (LTC) facilities with the state’s stricter requirements through an onsite review of the facilities’ Emergency Operation Plans.

The Emergency Management Program continues to maintain oversight of the citizen based Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  New operational equipment was obtained under Citizen Corps Council grants and new training opportunities were provided for current members.  A basic CERT training program was held which increased the team’s size to 134 members, making it one of the largest in the region.

ACTIVITIES

Central Records

 

Activity 2012 Amount Est. 2013 Amount
Accident Reports 507 $6,893 642 $8,809
Incident Reports 260 $1,216 282 $1,329
Fingerprints – City 405 $6,075 524 $7,860
Fingerprints – State 116      $5,475 387 $5,805
Fingerprints – N/C 47 50
LCC 20 $21,450 9 $6,164
Purchase Permits 1,176 $5,880 531 $2,655
Purchase Permits – N/C 1,730 3,500
Record Clearance 211 $1,452 199 $1,194
Record Clearance – N/C 796 1157
Public Vehicle License – New 9 $180 0 0
Public Vehicle License – Renew 13 $516 32 $480
FOIA / Discovery 999 $15,860 1100 $16,070
Miscellaneous (Jail Phone,Vehicle Forfeiture, etc.) 128 $36,869 146 $35,082
Warrant Processing Fee 495 $4,950 621 $6,210
TOTAL REVENUE $106,816 $91,658

Property & Licensing

Activity 2012 2013 % Change
Public Vehicle Permit Applications/Renewals 64 36 -43.75%
Taxi Cab Inspections 4 4 0.00%
Business License Applications 194 275 41.75%
Impounded/Abandoned Vehicles Processed 1,477 2,007 35.88%
Property Items Received/Processed 4,605 4,289 -6.86%

 

Investigation Division

Activity 2012 2013 % Change
Total Cases Investigated 5737 5705 -0.05%
Felony Warrant Requests 461 472 2.3%
Misdemeanor Warrant Requests 1252 1202 -3.9%
Precious Metal Documents 2554 2298 -10.0%
Crime Scenes Processed 98 101 +3.0%
Vehicles Processed 49 79 +61.2%
Pieces of Evidence Processed 1781 2115 +18.7%
Latent Prints Identified 191 150 -20.4%
Reports by Crime Scene Unit 223 235 +5.3%
AFIS Cases 802 707 -11.8%
Polygraphs Administered 43 18 -58.1%
Referrals to Youth Assistance 49 29 -40.8%
MLCC Reports 20 34 +70%
MLCC Inspections (on site & decoy) 150 151 +.06%
MLCC Violation Reports 4 2 -50%
MLCC Applications Investigated 55 52 -5.5%

 

Patrol Bureau

Activity 2012 Actual 2013 Projected % Change
Calls for Service – Police 33,294 33,785 1.5%
Calls for Service – Fire 8,904 9,193 3.2%
Reports Taken 8,852 8,274  -6.5%
Adult Arrests 4,552 4,643 2.0%
Juvenile Arrests 183 135 -26.2%
Traffic Crashes Reported 3,267 2,874 -12.0%
Uniform Law Citations 31,100 34,116 +9.7%
Use of Force Incidents 69 46  -33.3%
Vehicle Pursuits 26 16 -38.5%

 

Traffic Bureau

Activity 2012 Actual 2013 Projected % Change
Drunk Driving Prosecutions 320 273 -14.7%
OWI Vehicle Forfeitures 41 36 -12.1%
Traffic Crash Data
Property Damage 2,516 2,291 -8.9%
Injury 742 581 -21.7%
Fatal 9 2 -77.8%
Traffic Crash Totals 3,267 2,874 -12.0%

 

 

Intelligence Bureau

Activity 2012 2013 % Change
Assigned Cases 1,161 1,320 +14%
Search Warrants 66 66 0%
Forfeiture Actions 180 199 +11%