Lieutenant James Harrison has retired from the Canton Township Police Department after a 29-year career with the law enforcement agency.
Harrison, or “Turtle” as he's affectionately known around the department, was hired as a police officer in 1991; he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2008 and to lieutenant in 2017.
Early in his career, Harrison participated in numerous special units including assignments as a range/firearms instructor, bicycle unit officer, and a field training officer. Most notably, he served 13 years on the elite Western-Wayne Special Operations Team as an assistant team leader.
As a sergeant, Harrison was selected for an administrative position overseeing special units and projects, including the creation of the popular Citizen's Police Academy program. In his current position as lieutenant, Harrison serves as a platoon commander in the patrol division, overseeing the day-to-day operations of his assigned shift consisting of sergeants, officers and PSSOs. He has been responsible for providing training, direction and motivation to his shift, enhancing their level of performance while on patrol.
Throughout his career, Harrison has received numerous awards and citations, as well as written compliments from citizens who were recipients of the kindness and professionalism he displayed during every shift, according to a statement from the department. In addition to those recognitions, his knowledge in the field, calm demeanor, and sense of humor have made him one of Canton's most respected officers among his peers and coworkers alike, noted Police Chief Chad Baugh.
“The police department is losing a valuable member of the organization this week,” said Baugh. “Lt. Harrison has made significant contributions to the organization and to the Canton community alike, and I wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”