Officers in the Southfield Police Department will have the opportunity to further their education at a reduced cost thanks to a scholarship program at UM-Dearborn

November 2, 2009

Celebrating the new partnership between UM-Dearborn and the Southfield Police Department are (from left, standing) Deputy Chief Bryan Jarrell, Lieutenant Jeff Tinsman (from left, seated) Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; Kate Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; Chancellor Daniel Little; Joseph E. Thomas, Jr., Southfield Chief of Police; and associate Prof. Kevin Early, director of UM-Dearborn's Criminal Justice Studies Program.

DEARBORN / Nov. 2, 2009---Police officers from the Southfield Police Department will have the opportunity to further their education at a reduced cost thanks to a new scholarship program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.    

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.    

The partnership between the university and the Southfield Police Department seeks to expand community ties, facilitate academic access and promote higher education opportunities for police department employees.    

“Formal education is one of the keys to success of any organization.  The policing industry is not an exception,” said Southfield Police Chief Joseph E. Thomas, Jr.  “We welcome this partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn and view it as a win-win situation.”       

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 20 percent tuition credit will work in conjunction with any tuition assistance offered by the Southfield Police Department.       

"We are elated to partner with the Southfield Police Department to provide their officers with an opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees at UM-Dearborn,” said Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of the campus’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.  “This partnership demonstrates the city's strong commitment to community policing, and will benefit everyone living and working in Southfield.  It's a great way for UM-Dearborn to continue making metropolitan Detroit a better place to live and work."


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