Chief's Message

Dear Shelby Township,

On behalf of the men and women of the Shelby Township Police Department, welcome to our website and thank you for taking the time to learn about our organization. I am privileged to have the honor of serving our great community as the Chief of Police and would like to invite you to explore our website. My hope is that this site provides useful and interesting information about our department and the services we provide.

Shelby Township now has a population of over 80,000 residents and the community is still growing. One only needs to drive around our beautiful community to see the abundant new construction sites in our residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Our builders have developed spectacular homes and buildings throughout the township with a focus on maintaining the natural beauty of the community.  Our commercial and multiple-zoned industrial areas are growing and thriving, bringing jobs, and adding to our tax base. Our school district, Utica Community Schools, is the second-largest district in the State of Michigan. Acting Superintendent Robert Monroe and his staff have partnered with our police department to ensure that the protection of our children is our top priority.

Many of the things that I have listed make our community good; however, what truly makes our community great, are the residents and business owners.  In all my years, I have never seen such a warm, caring, respectful, and supportive community.  Shelby Township and I have very similar values: familyfaith, the importance of educationlooking out for our neighbors, and pride in our homes.  The people and the values we share make this community a wonderful place to live and the best-kept secret in southeastern Michigan.  

The Shelby Township Police Department is committed to providing excellent service and protection in partnership with our community. The fine men and women of our police department are the best and brightest this profession has to offer. We ARE Setting the Standard for Law Enforcement Excellence.  I lead 80 sworn officers and a total staff of 110 professionals who embrace their most important function, the preservation of life.  Make no mistake – that is our number one goal, our primary mission, and our life’s calling.  


Robert J. Shelide

“It is hard to fail, but it’s worse never to have tried to succeed.”– Theodore Roosevelt