A new chief police officer will appear in Pinkney in June.
Village authorities recently elected Pinky Police Officer Jeffrey Harrison to head Jeff Newton, who has announced he will retire after about 10 years in the village and more than three decades in law enforcement.
Harrison said he took a job in Pinkney, where he lives, to serve in his hometown after a long career in law enforcement.
Garrison served in Dearborn, a much larger community, for nearly three decades before being redeemed in 2020 from the city police department. He received the rank of lieutenant and headed the city detective bureau.
“The Pinkney Police Department is very community-based,” Harrison said. “We have a solid group of guys who work hard and take care of this community.”
More than a desktop
Newton said that being a boss in Pinkney is much more than a teacher.
“Because of the nature and size of the community, the chief in Pinkney is a labor chief who goes out on calls and patrols,” he said.
“You reach a point in your career when it’s a game of a young man or woman. It’s not designed to be an administrative position, so it’s time for me to resign, and I agree with that,” he said.
Newton became head in 2012 after moving with his family to Howell. Prior to that, he served for more than 20 years in Fraser’s Department of Public Safety, where he received the rank of lieutenant and headed the department’s patrol department. He began his career as a patrol officer in Detroit.
At Fraser, Newton said, all public safety personnel are cross-trained in both police, firefighters and ambulances, so Newton was involved in all aspects of public safety.
“If you have a fire, you go up to the fire, take off your police uniform and put on your fire suit,” he said, adding that he had served as a fire sergeant for several years and also drove an ambulance.
When he was hired in Pinkney, the investigative side of police work was a new experience for him.
He said one of the department’s achievements during his stay in Pinkney was the addition of a special investigator covering the village and the neighboring town of Unadila.
“There was no special investigator before I came to Pinkney,” he said. “I think it has improved our capabilities and improved the overall approach of our officers to investigations [to have one]».
Newton said he was in favor of uniting the city with the towns of Putnam and Unadil to create a joint police force. Local officials discussed this several years ago, but failed.
Unadilla has a police station, and Putnam has a contract with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for 40 hours of special lighting.
“What I couldn’t do, and I want both the village and the next chief to be able to do, I think, is that there is room for power,” he said.
He said he believes the combined police force will be able to “improve the police people in the southwest corner” of the county.
Newton’s last day will be June 16th.
He said he plans to travel and became interested in woodworking.
“I couldn’t ask for a better place to end my career than Pinkney,” he said.
A new chapter
The 56-year-old Garrison said working in the village offers new challenges, but others remain the same.
“I expect it to be much slower and not so go, go, go. That’s why I chose here, unlike Brighton or Howell. These are big departments that have a lot going on with major highways,” he said.
Harrison said the chief in the smaller municipality has more responsibilities besides administrative responsibilities.
“In Dearborn, the chief did not go out and patrol. In Pinkney, the chief goes out and constantly patrols, in full form, monitors traffic and runs,” he said.
He said he also likes how much the Pinkney police are involved in the community.
“The police department is very joint. Events like Spooktacular and Art in the Park are all on. Guys are loved in the community. “
He said in many ways that he approaches the police in the same way as in the wider community.
“We still have the same function. We still have the same job, in fact,” he said. “Police officers do what they do. They are actively patrolling. They invest in crimes, take care of riots and deal with the public police. “
He has been working part-time in the village for almost a year.
He said that while he was taking a ransom from Dearborn, he was again called to work for the police.
“My wife said: if you want to go back to work, call, go, do what you do. We lived in Pinkney for a long time. I said I didn’t mind working in Pinkney even part-time, ”he said.
Harrison said he was glad Newton would be around in a few months to help with the transition.
“Chief Newton is a very far-sighted CEO, so to speak. Unlike most people, he plans to take office,” he said. “I have a few months to work with him directly and see what he does so he can show me everything a small department does.”
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