Thursday, November 19, 2020

NAACP honors Westland police

Chief Jeff Jedrusik
The Westland Police Department was recently honored by the NAACP with a Community Partner Award.

Officials from the organization said during the presentation that the NAACP award was in recognition of the community service, commitment to diversity and outreach demonstrated by the Westland Police Department.

“They are standing as a vanguard and an example to the other departments in the area,” said John Hearn, local NAACP branch second vice president.

“On behalf of the City of Westland Police Department, I am truly honored to have accepted this award,” Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik said in a statement. “Our police department has come a long way. We have developed a strong partnership with the (Western Wayne) NAACP and both local and regional community organizations.

“Our department recognizes the need to continually build community trust and transparency. It is so important that the community has confidence in their police department.  This is a philosophy that I am committed to and we will continue to build upon.”

In the past year, the Westland Police Department fired an officer due to baton use during an arrest of a man with autism and initiated a new online dashboard with arrest and citation data and opened a continued dialogue between police officials and NAACP members.