Public Safety

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2020 Annual Public Safety Report Letter
2020 Annual Public Safety Report

Mission Statement

To serve our customers with respect, and to promote, preserve, and deliver a feeling of security, and quality services to all members of the community.  We are committed to help insure all citizens are free from the impact of crime. We must work closely together to partner with the community in an efficient, professional and courteous manner. We aim to improve the quality of our customer’s lives and become their reference point for quality of service.

Our vision is one of a complete emergency services organization dedicated to professionalism, teamwork, and excellence.

Values and Beliefs
Our citizens are valued as customers for the services we provide.  They deserve our best effort every time we respond to their emergencies.  It is our belief that we have a role in all programs that impact the safety of our citizens, visitors, property, and environment.  It is our responsibility to understand and adapt to the ever-changing needs of the public we serve. We achieve their satisfaction by quickly responding to their needs with an attitude that reflects the values of:

    Human Life
    Problem Solving

Our employees are valued as our most important resource. We are proud of the diversity of our work force which permits us to grow and which respects each of us as individuals, and we strive for a healthful workplace.

Chief John Alcorn
John Alcorn gets sworn in as the City's new Public Safety Director
by Municipal Judge Russell F. Ethridge

On January 22, 2021, Grosse Pointe City Manager Pete Dame named John Alcorn as the Public Safety Director for the City of Grosse Pointe. This announcement followed a widely posted, open search, and an extensive interview process. This appointment took effect on Monday January 25, 2021 with the swearing-in ceremony pictured above.

Alcorn, who previously served as the City's Deputy Director of Public Safety, replaces Steve Poloni who is leaving the position to become the administrator for Grosse Pointe Shores.

Alcorn has worked for the City since 2001.  He progressed steadily through the ranks, serving first as a Public Safety Officer, promoted to Sergeant in 2007, and then Lieutenant. During that time, he has served as detective, field training officer, and fire marshal.  Most recently he was named Deputy Director in 2018.   He has led the Department's expanded training program and was instrumental in the planning of the functional requirements of the City's new Public Safety building.  Some of the initiatives for which he was responsible include the City's S.A.L.E. program for senior assistance and the school outreach program at Maire School.

Complementing Alcorn's wide range of background in public safety, Alcorn holds related certifications and degrees in the field.  As the son of a police sergeant, he successfully pursued a degree in Sociology with an emphasis in social and criminal justice at Central Michigan University.  He also holds a graduate certificate in criminal justice leadership from Madonna University.  He attended the Northwestern University Staff and Command School for supervisory training.  He had been selected to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy in 2020 prior to the onset of COVID-19.

“I am pleased to be able to announce the promotion of John Alcorn for this important position. John is uniquely capable of advancing the City's Public Safety Department to an even higher level of excellence,” stated Pete Dame, City of Grosse Pointe City Manager.   Alcorn has received numerous commendations and awards, including being named Officer of the Year twice, in 2005 and 2017.   Dame added, "I am confident that John's stellar record of service to the Grosse Pointe community will only shine brighter in his new role as Public Safety Director."​

Contact Us
Grosse Pointe Public Safety Department
17320 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

John Alcorn
17320 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe MI 48230

Youth Division
Sergeant Christopher Cotzias

Phone Number: (313) 886-3200
Fax Number:     (313) 417-3584