Brothers partner with UM-Dearborn to enhance educational opportunities for police officers in the cities of Allen Park and Taylor.

April 23, 2010

Celebrating the partnership (standing, from left) are Dean Tamsen, Allen Park police chief; Steffan Gaydos, deputy police chief of Allen Park; and Allen Park Mayor Gary Burtka along with (sitting, from left) Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of CASL; Dale Tamsen, Taylor police chief; Kate Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Kevin Early, associate professor of sociology and director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. Photo by Tom Laundroche.

DEARBORN / April 23, 2010---Dale and Dean Tamsen are no strangers to collaboration.  As brothers who currently serve as police chiefs in the cities of Taylor and Allen Park, respectively, they say their kinship has been an asset to their careers, providing early inspiration as they pursued their professions.

“We both went to Wayne State University taking criminal justice classes,” said Dean Tamsen. “We had several classes together and just fed off of each other.  We often talked about riding in the same car as partners, but it never worked out.”

Yet, the brothers share a different kind of partnership now as they strive to help the communities they serve by keeping current with tends, concepts and ideas in law enforcement.

“Officers that we hire today are better educated and very professional,” said Dale Tamsen. “Police work has become very technological in both the equipment we use and in the methods criminal use.  We as a police department must continue to educate ourselves and stay ahead of the curve.”

One of the ways the Tamsens are achieving that is through a partnership with the Criminal Justice Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Police officers in the cities of Taylor and Allen Park will have the opportunity to further their education at a reduced cost thanks to a scholarship program at UM-Dearborn.

“As police officers, education is very important,” said Dean Tamsen.  “Officers need to keep abreast of changing laws and rapidly changing police technology.  My education has helped me in my career from road officer to the chief position.  I support any training and schooling for our officers.  The community wins, the department wins and the officers win.”

Officers who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at UM-Dearborn will be eligible for a special scholarship that will provide a credit for 20 percent of their tuition costs and fees each semester.

Prospective students may be admitted to any undergraduate or graduate program the university offers as long as the program’s admission and eligibility criteria are met.  UM-Dearborn’s scholarship will work in conjunction with the police departments’ tuition reimbursement programs.    

"We are delighted to partner with the Allen Park and Taylor police departments to provide their officers with an opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees at UM-Dearborn,” said Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. “This partnership demonstrates the cities’ strong commitment to community policing, and will benefit everyone living and working in Allen Park and Taylor.  It's a great way for UM-Dearborn to continue making this a great metropolitan region."


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