Chief of Police Brian O. Buchholz
Hazel Park, Michigan Police DepartmentAboutChief of Police Brian O. Buchholz

Chief of Police Brian O. Buchholz

It is the goal of the men and women of the Hazel Park Police Department to provide our citizens, business owners, and visitors with exemplary service through professional integrity, unwavering honesty, and uncompromising sacrifice. Together we can and will make a difference in our neighborhoods and schools. It is by this cooperative effort that we can all make sustainable changes for the betterment of the community. It is my duty as Chief of Police to coordinate, direct, and lead this department while navigating through these very challenging economic times that we are all faced with.

I began my career with the Hazel Park Police Department in 1998. I have held several positions and ranks in the department including:

  • Road Patrol Officer
  • Road Patrol Sergeant
  • Detective in the Narcotics Unit
  • Road Patrol Lieutenant
  • Detective Lieutenant
  • Administrative Lieutenant

I have also been a Records Bureau Supervisor, Personnel Equipment Supervisor, Hiring Administrator as well as Internal Investigations Coordinator. I feel this wide range of experience and duties will assist me and the department in serving our citizens and the community to the best of our ability.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University 
  • Partial List of In-Service Training includes:
  • Homicide / Crime Scene Investigations for Supervisors
  • Active Shooter & Deadly Force Encounters / Combat Techniques 
  • Unified Incident Command School
  • Supervising & Motivating a Generationally Diverse Workforce
  • Specialized Interviewing & Interrogation
  • The Academy Leadership Associates Master Development Series
  • National Incident Management System / Homeland Security & FEMA IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, IS-700 & IS-800
  • Graduate MPEDS (Michigan Police Executive Development Series)
  • Certified Public Manager, Saginaw Valley State University, Nationally Accredited (Currently Enrolled)

AWARDS & SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

  • 3 Unit Commendations for Armed Robberies, Attempted Murder Arrests
  • Safe Driving Award
  • Unit Commendations from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Madison Heights and the Int'l Narcotics Officers Assn
  • Distinguished Unit Citation from Oakland County Sheriff
  • Letters of Commendation & Appreciation from Ferndale and Madison Heights
  • Member of Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Certificate of Merit (Awarded by the Mayor, City Council and City Manager of Hazel Park)

If the department or I can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to contact us by phone, send a letter or e-mail. Please always remember that if you see something suspicious call us immediately so potential crimes or crimes in progress can be deterred. We all have to work together in making our community safe and I look forward to serving you and your law enforcement needs.