Meridian Township Police Chief Announces Retirement
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On Tuesday, April 3rd Township Police Chief Dave Hall announced his retirement from his position after almost 40 years of service to the community.
“I have enjoyed my time in law enforcement, especially working to build the Department’s relationships and trust with our residents, schools and community,” said Chief Hall.
Chief Hall began his career in Meridian Township on December 26, 1978 as a patrol officer. During his time with the Meridian Police Department he also held positions as sergeant (1981), lieutenant (1992), captain of the services division (1998), and chief (2004). He was the only internal candidate to ever be sworn in as police chief.
During his time, he created the Citizens’ Academy in 1999 under the direction of his predecessor, which he expanded to include the Youth Citizens’ Academy. He fostered agreements with Williamstown Township to provide public safety services, oversaw neighborhood meetings, helped secure grants to improve public safety including automatic license plate readers in 1999, digital car cameras in 2005 and body cameras in 2017. During the recession he worked to continue the School Resource Officer Program and the D.A.R.E. Program at Haslett and Okemos Public Schools. He also instituted the Public Safety Building as a designated safe place for transactions in 2015 and helped strengthen the K-9 Unit.
“We will miss Chief’s integrity, loyalty and calm demeanor,” said Township Manager, Frank Walsh.
The hiring process for the new Meridian Township Police Chief will begin immediately. According to Township Manager Walsh, “The most important quality that I plan to look for in a potential Chief candidate is the desire and ability to lead our efforts in preventing sexual assault. We will follow through on our public commitment to Brianne Randall-Gay and all Nassar survivors.”