The Saline Police Department would like to honor the following officers and civilian for their outstanding efforts going above and beyond the call of duty.
On July 31, 2012, LaMare Hopkins was driving his Chevrolet Suburban east on Michigan Avenue. He stopped for an accident at US12/Industrial. Shortly thereafter Mr. Hopkin’s vehicle was struck in the rear by another eastbound vehicle. LaMare told police he could see through his rear window, the driver of the other vehicle was having some type of medical emergency and appeared to be going into unconsciousness. LaMare applied his brakes, attempting to keep the striking vehicle behind his. The vehicle again struck Mr. Hopkin’s vehicle then veered away, driving past LaMare’s vehicle and eventually smashing into Officer Snook’s vehicle which was parked to protect the first accident. Ofc. Snook’s patrol vehicle was a total loss, fortunately no one was hurt and the unconscious driver was treated for a medical issue and released the next day from the hospital. Though unsuccessful in his attempt to prevent the vehicle from going around his vehicle, LaMare Hopkins disregard for his own personal safety goes above and beyond what a citizen is expected to do. For this Lamare Hopkins is receiving the Saline Police Department Citizen Citation. Congratulations!
Certificate of Merit:
On May 25, 2012, Saline Police responded to a report of a bank robbery at the TCF Bank on Michigan Avenue. Detective Don Lupi responded to the scene and assumed command of the investigation. Countless hours of follow-up and investigation led to the arrest of several people involved in this robbery. Because of the information received it was discovered the suspects were wanted in several area bank robberies and multiple robberies throughout the United States. Det. Lupi developed a confidential informant and worked at building a good relationship, taking his time and not rushing. This tactic proved to be very successful with a large amount of valuable information being received. Det. Lupi knew when to move forward and when to not push for information. The information received was then validated by other sources and surveillance ensued. Don made the right choices at the right time which kept information flowing in for this massive investigation. If not for Detective Lupi’s diligence in this matter this robbery very well could still be unsolved. For his work and dedication to duty Detective Lupi is receiving the Certificate of Merit. Congratulations.
Certificate of Merit:
For the last 16 years, Officer David Ringe has been assigned to the DARE officer position. During this time he has taught well over 6,000 students. In addition to teaching DARE, Dave has also accepted the responsibility of instructing Teaching, Educating and Mentoring (TEAM) and Safety town. He has taught Safety town for 16 years and TEAM for 4 years. Several of Dave’s DARE students have become teachers and are employed here in our own Saline School system. One of his former students is now an officer with the Saline PD. What a great legacy for Dave and the Saline Police Department. Officer Dave is the driving force behind an annual fundraiser to support the DARE program. Over the years the fundraisers have raised in excess of $100,000. Not only has he taught these programs for many years but he does it with such excellence. I could go on and on, but time will not allow, about Officer Ringe’s efforts to educate and protect our children. I know Officer Dave is very deserving of and is therefore awarded the Certificate of Merit. Congratulations!
Letter of Commendation Evidence room
I have had the opportunity over the last 39 years to observe several evidence rooms. When I started at my previous agency the evidence room was a disaster. The job of auditing and cleaning the evidence room was bigger than the department could handle. I had to bring in an outside person to start the process of cleaning up and perform an inventory of the evidence room. This took hours upon hours of time to complete, needless to say this cost a great deal of money to correct. I have the privilege of teaching in the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police New Chiefs School about department audits which includes auditing the evidence room. I have heard horror stories about the conditions and processes of other police department’s evidence rooms. The Saline Police Department evidence room on the other hand is so professionally and properly managed that all I could say is “Wow”. Every piece of evidence is in its right place and even more importantly accounted for. Each and every year the officers in charge of the evidence room conduct a complete audit. Again “wow” I could not ask for more. Our evidence officers, Ofc. Chris Boulter and Ofc. Dennis Gruschow have been in charge of the evidence room for many years and more than deserve this letter of commendation job well done. Congratulations.
Letter of Commendation Firearms range
The very first day on the range with the Saline Police Department firearms instructors was a very impressive day for me. Having fired thousands of rounds over the course of my career I found myself in awe on just how professionally the range was handled. This was the first time for me to have instructors who ensured everyone was not only wearing ear and eye protection but also went one step further to ensure the safety of our police officers by requiring everyone to wear a protective vest. In addition to the safety aspect, which all by itself deserves mentioning, the type and style of firearms training our officers receive is second to none. Officers are required to shoot in a mixture of courses in a wide variety of weather and lighting conditions. Real life-type conditions are recreated to put our officers under stress which can affect your ability to shoot. A recent range example: our officers were required to simulate being in a fight, punching a punching bag for several minutes then firing their handguns at targets no bigger than a small balloon, talk about difficult. It is with great pleasure I present a letter of commendation to Sgt. James Basso and Ofc. Andy Hartwig.
Chief Larry Hrinik
Saline Police Department
100 North Harris
Saline, Michigan 48176