Words from the chief

By Police Chief Hrinik
I hope each and every one had a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.
As I begin this, my first article for the Saline Eagle, I look back over 2014 and can’t help but smile. The City of Saline and the Saline Police Department were very blessed to receive a donation from the Mullick Foundation to provide new automatic external defibrillators (AED). These life-saving devices replaced and enhanced the response the City can provide in case of a cardiac emergency.
Speaking of life-saving measures, since winter weather is upon us, I would like to remind every driver to be cautious as our roads become slippery. Please remember to adjust your driving and be cautious of the driving habits of others.
The Police Department experienced several personnel changes last year. Sgt. Theo Helms retired after a very successful law enforcement career. He served the citizens of Michigan as a DNR officer for 25 years and the citizens of Saline for another 12 years. His influence is greatly missed. A part-time officer was elevated to fulltime and two new part-time officers were hired as well. The Police Department also said a retirement farewell to Dispatcher Jean Bondie. Jean provided more than 20 years of service to Saline. New dispatchers were hired one to replace Jean and another to replace a vacancy created several months prior. We wish both Theo and Jean well in their new life adventures.
Another exciting adventure is Teaching Education and Mentoring (TEAM), which replaced DARE. Officer Dave Ringe now teaches at all grade levels instead of just the 5th grade. We have also partnered with Pittsfield Township to provide this instruction, since the Saline High School and Harvest Elementary are located in Pittsfield Township.
I look forward with great anticipation to what the new year will bring and I wish all Saline citizens a prosperous 2015.

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