City of Troy

500 West Big Beaver
Troy, MI 48084
Ph: 248.524.3300

Department History and Core Values

Police Department

The Troy of the past was a stable farming community with a very low crime rate and very little traffic. Nevertheless, by the 1950’s there was a growing desire for the township to have its own police department so that response times would be short when emergencies did occur.

Historical picture of Troy Police Officer in police car

The Troy Police Department traces its history back to the July 1952 hiring of Chief David Gratopp and Patrolman Willard Schwandt who patrolled what was then Troy Township.

In November 1952, the Department added a third officer, Patrolman Eugene Sackner. In 1955, Troy incorporated and the Police Department began to grow, both in size and in scope of operation to meet the needs of the rapidly changing city.

Historical picture of Troy Police car in front of City Hall

The Troy Police Department is a full service agency of 102 sworn officers and 51 civilian personnel, serving a population of more than 82,000 residents. The Department enjoys an outstanding reputation within the community as well as with other law enforcement agencies.

Three Troy officers have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the City of Troy, losing their lives in the line of duty.  Officer Charles Smetana, Officer Martin "Marty" Chivas and Officer Charles "Chuck" Mulvhill are remembered daily by the officers of the Troy Police Department.

Core Values

These values reflect the principles, qualities and standards upon which our rules, orders, policies, goals, and operating philosophy are based. Although we may need to balance them, they are non-negotiable and we will never ignore them.

Integrity: We value ethical conduct, honesty, and truthfulness. We do what is right, pursuant to law and ethical standards, whenever we make decisions, engage in actions, or refrain from taking action.

Respect: We value human life, safety, and the dignity of people and commit ourselves to treating all people with compassion, respect, and concern.

Laws and the Constitution: We believe in the principles embodied in the Constitution and recognize the authority of federal, state, and local laws. We respect and protect the rights of all citizens and treat all persons fairly and without favoritism.

Accountability: We are accountable to each other and to the citizens we serve. Therefore, we will strive to understand community values and expectations, and will communicate responsibly, openly, and honestly among ourselves and with the community.

Problem Solving: We listen to complaints and the explanation of problems with empathy and sensitivity, and work with citizens to resolve the underlying causes of crime, disorder, and disruptions of the public peace.

Professionalism: We acknowledge the duties and responsibilities of our chosen profession, we demonstrate the specialized knowledge and skills we possess, and we commit ourselves to fulfilling our duties and responsibilities by utilizing our knowledge and skills in a manner that benefits our community.