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UCS, Sterling Heights Police Department partner to house detective bureau at Rose Kidd Elementary
UCS, Sterling Heights Police Department partner to house detective bureau at Rose Kidd Elementary
Posted on 10/02/2019
UCS and Police Department LogosThe City of Sterling Heights detective bureau has a new temporary home, thanks to the continued partnership between the police department and Utica Community Schools. 

While repairs are being made to the police headquarters due to recent water damage, the bureau will be temporarily housed at Rose Kidd Elementary, located in a subdivision southwest of 17 Mile and Utica roads. 

 “We value the partnership of the Sterling Heights Police Department and are pleased to have this opportunity to support their work to keep our entire community safe,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “The ongoing collaboration is one reason why this area continues to be a great place to live, work, learn and raise a family.” 

“This is a great example of when government works seamlessly. Within 48 hours we were able to set up a temporary plan to house our detective bureau at a UCS property after a flood damaged part of our building,” Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said. “The Sterling Heights Police Department and Utica Community Schools have a very close relationship and arrangements were made practically overnight to ensure continued operation of the police department. We are so very thankful for their help and support through this process.”

Rose Kidd Elementary has served as a center for the Velocity Jr. partnership between Sterling Heights and UCS and also hosts several district robotics teams.  

The city of Sterling Heights and Utica Community Schools continue to work closely to promote safe schools and neighborhoods.

Through the partnership, School Resource Officers were recently implemented at all UCS high schools, security specialists at elementary and junior high schools have been expanded this year. In addition, safety training for UCS school personnel remains ongoing, and cameras are being installed through a recent bond issue at all UCS schools to be used in the event of a health or safety emergency. 

In addition, all sixth-graders in Sterling Heights now receive the SMART (Skills Mastery and Resilience Training) Moves program through the police department, focusing on the importance of decision-making and addressing issues such as bullying, substance abuse and responsible use of digital devices. SMART Moves content includes such topics as friendships and healthy relationships, refusal skills and media influences.