Welcome to Ferndale's
The City of Ferndale is proud to employ highly qualified, responsive law enforcement professionals. The Ferndale Police Department, led by Police Chief Vincent Palazzolo, encompasses:
Vincent Palazzolo was named Ferndale’s chief of police in September of 2018 following a two-year tenure as the department's Captain. A 24-year veteran of the force, Palazzolo is a 2017 graduate of the FBI National Academy, which selects law enforcement professionals with exemplary leadership qualities to improve and raise law enforcement standards in police departments and agencies worldwide.
Before joining the Ferndale Department in 1995, Palazzolo served briefly as an Officer for Huron Township after graduating from the police academy. He served 11 years total in the US military and deployed to Iraq with the Michigan Army National Guard as an Airborne Infantry soldier. Palazzolo served on the Oakland County Crime Suppression Task Force, as Team Commander of Southeast Oakland SWAT, and as Team Commander of the Oakland County Mobile Field Force. He has risen through the ranks at Ferndale PD as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain.
He is a member of the Michigan Association Chiefs of Police, the International Association Chiefs of Police and Veteran of Foreign Wars. He is a strong advocate for veterans, is involved with reintegration programs through physical fitness and veteran suicide prevention.
Palazzolo spearheaded the department's community engagement focus—including the addition of a community engagement officer position—two years ago. He adheres to the six pillars of community policing set forth by the President’s task force on 21st Century Policing. His vision for a modern police department is performance with the highest integrity, ensuring that officers and staff operate efficiently and make smart decisions, safely, ethically, and morally.
No! The Police Department clearly identifies our responsibility in resolving complaints.
A YES answer to any of the following questions would indicate an emergency situation:
It is best to describe from the top down.
When describing a vehicle, attempt to supply as much information as possible that would allow the responding officers to distinguish this vehicle from the many others. Again, describe from the top down.
The Ferndale Police Department does not require an alarm permit.
When reporting a crime or emergency to the Ferndale Police Department the following information is needed:
The above seven requested items are very important, however do not wait to call until you can answer all of them. Call as soon as you observe the crime or emergency, then attempt to obtain the answers to numbers four through seven (above).
Complete and submit the Traffic Change Request Form.
Access the Ferndale Police Department Witness Statement.
We strive to meet your expectations in quality professional standards. We ensure that your trust in law enforcement is not misplaced and that we will resolve these problems to the best of our ability.
No. Your complaint may be resolved immediately and informally by speaking with a department employee/supervisor. If informal resolution cannot be achieved, a formal complaint will be filed. This will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Please keep in mind that the amount of time it takes to resolve a formal complaint may depend on the complexity of the issue.
Yes, without question. The Police Department recognizes your crucial role in helping us to learn, adapt, and improve our services for all members of our diverse community.