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The City of Plymouth Police Department is a multi-function agency. Police services police car.jpegare provided by 15 sworn and 2 civilian personnel.  Within the department, there is a Detective Bureau, Records Bureau, Crime Prevention Unit and a Weighmaster function. Four sergeants and a lieutenant oversee the personnel.  Dispatch services are provided by Plymouth Township Communications Center, located at Plymouth Township Police Department.  Road patrols are divided into 12-hour day/12-hour night shift A & B platoons.

We strive to meet the individual needs of the citizens and visitors of the City of Plymouth. The Police Department provides a wide range of services to the community with everything from being locked out of their cars to crisis situations that may unfortunately happen.

Police Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Plymouth Police Department is to preserve the safety of the public, promote the orderly flow of traffic, investigate reported acts of criminal activity, provide services in addition to the enforcement of laws, and protect the rights of all people. The Plymouth Police Department’s mission, includes participating with other governmental entities and other agencies of the City of Plymouth to further the betterment of the community. The Plymouth Police Department exists to support and maintain the quality of life in Plymouth, and acts to develop a sense of security and well being in the residents, businesses, and visitors.

This mission statement provides the framework for the establishment of departmental goals and objectives, as periodically reviewed and updated, to further the attainment of the department’s mission.

This department’s personnel are the mechanism by which we attain the mission. All actions by department employees reflect the commitment of the department to the attainment of the mission.

As this Police Department strives to achieve excellence, we will help create an atmosphere of security and confidence for the community, and a sense of accomplishment in the employees.

A Note from Public Safety Director Al Cox
Over the course of the last few months, I’ve received many inquiries about our policies, procedures, and the way we do business.  As your community’s Director of Public Safety, I’m happy to provide this information and to assure you that we do not take our duty to serve our residents and visitors lightly.

All members of the Plymouth Police Department understand that to effectively carry out our duties and earn the trust of our community, we must conduct ourselves professionally and with the highest ethical standards every day.  In order to accomplish this, we operate from a foundation of six core values on which policies, procedures and directives are developed: Honor, Commitment, Integrity, Leadership, Courage and Excellence.  We exist to serve and protect the residents and visitors of the City of Plymouth.  We work to make people feel welcome in the City and we expect our officers to treat people the way that they would want to be treated

Our department spends a significant amount of money each year on police training across a broad range of topics, including use of force and de-escalation.  Additionally, some of our officers receive more subject matter-specific training, such as crisis intervention and medical first responder.

We believe this training works. In 2019, our department had only nine use of force incidents out of 15,408 calls for service and countless more interactions with residents and visitors.  Of these nine incidents, six involved empty hand techniques in which subjects were resisting arrest, one involved the use of a Taser in which an individual was actively attempting to assault an officer, and two involved the display of firearms as officers executed a felony traffic stop.  The number of use of force incidents has been decreasing over the past several years, and there has been no use of lethal force by our department since 2012. 

All our policies comply with federal and state statutes, case law, current best practices, and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) guidelines and requirements.  We constantly review our policies and procedures to ensure that we keep up to date on all the above listed compliance factors. 

When residents have questions or concerns about the police department, an officer, or the handling of an incident, they are always welcome to contact a Command Officer who will listen to their concerns and address them appropriately.  This includes complaints against officers, all of which are investigated thoroughly.  While we do our best to provide superior policing, we understand that our members are human beings and that mistakes can happen from time to time.  When such things happen and an investigation reveals that discipline is required, that discipline is carried out in a fair, judicious, and just manner for the officer, department, and community. 

Our Community Policing initiatives, such as Coffee with a Cop, the Truth about Drugs program at East Middle School and the Shop with a Cop program, which is sponsored by the Plymouth Police Officers Association,  engage the community in many different ways.

As a department, we strive to be better every day and work to be the best ambassadors of the City of Plymouth, while earning the respect of our residents and visitors.

Anonymous Tip
Use the following link to submit an anonymous tip directly to the City Police department.
         Anonymous Tip Form

The City of Plymouth Police Department has a variety of online forms to assist you in your interaction with the department:

Al Cox
Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police

201 S. Main
Plymouth, MI 48170
Emergency: 9-1-1 

Phone Administration:
(734) 453-1234 ext. 219 

Non-Emergency / Dispatch:
(734) 453-8600
Police Records:
(734) 453-1234 ext. 219
(734) 455-1664

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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