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In its 2019 “America’s Safest Cities” report, named Shelby Township the safest community of 50,000 or more residents in Macomb County and among the top five safest communities in the state of Michigan.

Nationally, Shelby Township ranked No. 47 for safety based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Chapman University Survey of American Fears.

In addition to the rankings, Shelby Township was also tabbed as the safest community of more than 50,000 residents in Macomb County by the National Council for Home Safety and Security for the third consecutive year.


In its 2019 reports, the NCHSS placed Shelby Township’s rates for violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 residents at 1.035 and 7.309, respectively. Both figures were well below the state averages of 4.08 and 20.72. 


To Shelby Township Residents and Business Owners:

I have had the distinct opportunity as a law enforcement officer to serve the southeast Michigan areas in all three major counties.  For seven years I was a Detroit police officer (Wayne County) where I learned the essence of hardcore policing in a major urban area.   Later, the opportunity came to serve in the Detroit suburb of Southfield with the Southfield Police Department (Oakland County).  Southfield is a city of over 72,000 residents with very specific policing needs as they share a six-mile stretch of border with the City of Detroit.  It was here that my leadership skills were honed and I learned the essence of crime prevention and community policing.  Packaging my skill set, mind set and toolset from the Detroit P.D. and Southfield P.D. and moving to Shelby Township Police Department (Macomb County) has been the highlight of my 32-year career in law enforcement. 

I have been honored to become chief after all of my years in service.  You may be thinking that is the reason why moving to Shelby Township P.D. was my highlight.  Not true. The reason why is that the community in which I serve is the best kept secret in southeast Michigan.  Our community is thriving in so many ways.  We now have a population of over 78,000 residents and are still growing.  Our builders have developed spectacular homes and subdivisions all over the township.  Our multiple-zoned industrial areas are growing and thriving, adding to our tax base.  We have added two major additions to our business communities in the last year -- Amazon and Antolin, which have provided thousands of jobs.  Driving around the township you see new construction going up daily in our residential, commercial and industrial areas. This is an exciting time for our community. 

It is nice to have the community thriving with new developments.  Our school district, Utica Community Schools, is the second largest district in the State of Michigan.  Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns and her staff have partnered with our police department, making the protection of our children a top priority.  Many of the things that I have listed make our community good; however, what truly makes our community great are the residents and business owners.  In all my years, I have never seen such a warm, caring, respectful and supportive community.  Shelby Township and I have very similar values: family, faith, the importance of education, looking out for one another, and home sweet home.  These values make it the best place to live in southeast Michigan. 

The fine men and women of our police department are the best and brightest this profession has to offer. I have the distinct honor to lead 75 sworn officers and a total staff of over 100 who embrace their most important function:  preservation of life.  Make no mistake – that is our number one goal, our primary mission, and our life’s calling.  I give you my solemn word: our officers will protect you, your children, and your businesses with our lives. 


Robert J. Shelide

 “Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.”  - Theodore Roosevelt

Shelby Township Police Station
52530 Van Dyke Ave.
Shelby Township, MI 48316-3572
Phone: 586-731-2121
For all emergencies dial 911
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