Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin today announced the appointment of Stacy Brackens to serve as Chief of the Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD), effective October 14, 2014. Brackens has served as Acting Chief of DPSPD since July 1, 2014.
“The safety and security of Detroit Public Schools’ nearly 50,000 students and their safe passage to and from school, as well as the overall safety of the district’s more than 6,000 employees, are of the utmost importance,” Martin said today.
A native Detroiter and a graduate of Chadsey High School, Brackens has been working with DPSPD since 2010 as Deputy Chief and has been responsible for patrol operations, supervision of uniformed officers (sworn and Campus Security Police Officers), in addition to serving as the departmental liaison with the district’s private security contractor. Brackens previously served as Deputy Chief in the Detroit Police Department, where he spent 35 years protecting and serving the people of Detroit.
The Detroit Public Schools’ Police Department is comprised of Police Officers, Investigators, Campus Security Police Officers, security officers and a K-9 unit. Its mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff that is conducive for teaching and learning. The Police Department is housed in a 23,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art Command Center and Headquarters that opened in January 2011.
“As a product of DPS, this is my way of giving back,” Brackens said. “Working at DPS is not just a vocation, but an avocation.”
Brackens said his top priorities as Chief will be:
- Continuing the downward trend of reported incidents and crime within Detroit Public Schools;
- Working on expanding the district’s Safe Routes to School initiative; and
- Maximizing pertinent training for both law enforcement and academic staff as it relates to school and personal safety.