Today is Tuesday May 21, 2013
Department of Public Safety
Director of Public Safety:
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Personal safety and the safety of private property are the primary goals of the city’s Department of Public Safety. The city has had a combined police/fire/ambulance service since 1944. Public Safety officers perform police and firefighter duties and also are cross-trained as medical first responders or basic emergency medical technicians. The department has a complement of 40 sworn officers and seven civilian paramedics. The department is responsible for:
The Public Safety Department operates a four-platoon system that works a 12-hour shift rotation for the patrol force and a three-platoon 24-hour shift for the fire/paramedic personnel. Two trained medical personnel and various other public safety officers are on duty at all times to operate the fire trucks (two 1,250 gallons per minute pumpers and one 90-foot aerial tower) and to maintain the Advanced Life Support status on the ambulance. In the event of a structure fire, the fire apparatus and ambulance are met at the scene by patrol officers. In most cases, one or more patrol officers reach the scene of an emergency before the arrival of the fire apparatus. Usually no fewer than seven personnel respond to a fire run, with less serious runs receiving a slightly reduced amount of responding personnel and equipment.
Grosse Pointe Woods provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) for its residents. This requires the ambulance to be supported by a paramedic and an emergency medical technician (both licensed by the State) at all times. ALS allows the crew to administer drugs, start IVs, and intubate and defibrillate patients under the authority of the emergency room doctors at the local hospitals. The ambulance is equipped with direct radio communication to all local hospitals.
The Detective Bureau handles cases referred to it by the uniformed service. It also investigates all cases which go beyond the Traffic Court level, as well as violations of local ordinances which are non-traffic in nature. The Detective Supervisor oversees the officers of the Youth Service Division, Traffic Safety, and Crime Prevention units of Public Safety. The Youth Service Division, Traffic Safety, and Crime Prevention units work closely with public and private schools to provide educational programs to students and residents.