Just over a month after taking over as Dearborn’s top cop, Police Chief Issa Shahin has added a Traffic Safety Unit to the department.
This new unit will help shift law enforcement priorities toward dangerous traffic violations that pose serious risks to public health and safety. The unit is also responsible for responding effectively to resident complaints in person.
“As a department, we will align our enforcement priorities with the issues residents care about,” Shahin said. “This unit is about our accountability to the many families who have spoken out about unsafe driving and road safety in their neighborhood.”
Cpl. Dan Bartok and Staff Sgt. Andrew Galuszka gave an overview of the unit in a video which can be seen at youtu.be/GXWRBWw03E.
The change is part of Mayor Abdullah Hammoud’s renewed focus on public health as the cross-departmental policy framework for the city and in response to feedback from residents that road safety is a major concern.
“Our residents have spoken consistently and clearly about the impact road safety issues have had on their lives,” he said. “This new unit is one element of a broader strategy to align our public safety goals with these concerns.”
All unit traffic officers are certified to use the latest traffic control equipment, including radar and laser devices.
Anyone wishing to report a road safety concern can notify the department by calling 313-943-3030.