Chief Donald F. Pussehl JrChief Donald F. Pussehl Jr 



2015 Recap

As 2015 winds down, we have much to reflect on here at the Saginaw Township Police Department.

We continue to be appreciative and grateful for the relationship that we have with our community. Our success can be traced largely to the commitment of community members to have a safe place to live and work and a workforce of dedicated officers striving for the common goal.

2015 saw the retirement of 130 combined years of service. We are grateful for the leadership that Sergeant Blake Andrews and Sergeant Bill Masica provided to our road patrol divisions. We are equally proud of the dedicated service of Detective Tom McInerney, Crime Prevention Specialist Henry Reyna, Detective James McKay and patrol officer Steve Wietecha.

The retirements provided for a lot of movement and reassignments within our ranks. Sergeant Michele Fleming and Sergeant Russ Uphold are supervising our night shifts while Sergeant John Sadowski has taken on the reins of the administrative sergeant position. Detective James MacDonald is now handling our fraud investigations and Detective Scott Jackson will be handling arson investigations along with normal case assignments. Officer Randy Schroeder has been reassigned as a crime prevention specialist. In order to fill the vacancies, we have added patrol officers Brandon Wilson, Glen Hill, Jeremy Sauve, David West, Andy Carlson, and Grant Goetschy to the road patrol ranks. The remaining vacancies will be filled in early 2016.

Our road patrol placed emphasis on a reduction of crashes at major intersections during the summer and continues to participate in the multi-jurisdictional Gratiot Rd (M46) traffic enforcement patrols.

2015 brought the incorporation of the Ford Interceptor Utility vehicles which are being utilized by the medical first responders and road patrol Sergeants.

Our Command and Road Patrol members represented by the Police Officer’s Association of Michigan, combined efforts with other local agencies for a campaign to raise funds for the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair that will be donated to a disabled veteran through POAM. Officers in less than a six months have been able to raise a little more than half of their $14,000 goal.

STPD solidified community involvement and connection via the use of social media; specifically Facebook. With nearly 6,300 “likes” an average STPD Facebook post reaches approximately 10,000 people within minutes. The investigations division has utilized this community based effort several times to identify suspects, assist in locating missing people, and arrest wanted felons. Our involvement with Facebook as a resource continues to show our commitment and strong relationship we have with the community we serve.

Happy New Year! Many blessings to all.

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