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Police Department


Police Services

The City of Ferndale is proud to employ highly qualified, responsive law enforcement professionals. The Ferndale Police Department, led by Police Chief Tim Collins, encompasses a S.W.A.T. team, detective bureau, evidence technician unit, accident investigation unit, traffic control division, youth bureau, school liaison, Narcotic Enforcement Team liaison, and more.


Ferndale Police Department
310 E. Nine Mile Rd. 
Non-emergency: 248-541-3650
Emergency: 911

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Where can I access a witness statement?

How do I request a traffic control change?

Complete and submit the Traffic Change Request Form

How do I register for an alarm permit?

Complete and submit the Alarm Permit Form

How do I make an emergency phone call?

  • Stay calm.
  • Don't get excited.
  • Don't wait for someone else to call.
  • Tell the person who answers the phone exactly what is wrong, like this:... "There was just a car accident in front of my house...".
  • Tell the person who answers the phone the exact address of where the emergency is located, including the apartment number if you live in an apartment.
  • Tell the person who answers the phone the phone number from which you are calling.
  • Tell the person who answers the phone your name.

How do I report a crime or an emergency?

When reporting a crime or emergency to the Ferndale Police Department the following information is needed:

  • Your name and address.
  • The type of crime or emergency.
  • The exact location of the situation.
  • The description of the suspect and the suspect's vehicle if one is used.
  • The direction of flight.
  • The time of occurrence.
  • If a weapon was used, and if so what type.

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).

How do I describe a person when attempting to identify to others?

It is best to describe from the top down.

  • Race: White, black, Spanish, etc.
  • Sex: Male, female
  • Age: 18 to 20 years old, 30 to 40 years old, etc.
  • Clothing: Type, color, hat, coat, shirt, pants, shoes, etc.
  • Height: 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10, etc.
  • Weight: 140 to 150 pounds, etc.
  • Hair: Color, style, length, beard, mustache, etc.
  • Build: Fat, thin, large, petite, medium, etc.
  • Other: Scars, tattoos, moles, etc.

How do I describe a vehicle to others?

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.

  • License number (the most important)
  • Color (two-tone, three-tone)
  • Body style (two door, four door, van, pick-up truck, etc.)
  • Make (Ford, Chrysler, Pontiac, Honda, etc.)
  • Year (If not known, then describe newer or older)
  • Any outstanding features (damage, rust, clean, dirty, antenna, bumper sticker, sunroof, vanity plate, writing on sides, etc.)

What are some examples of suspicious activity that I should report?

  • A stranger is entering your neighbor's house or yard while they're away.
  • Peddlers offer merchandise at ridiculously low prices.
  • Anyone removing accessories, license plates or gasoline from a vehicle.
  • Persons entering or leaving a business after hours.
  • Sounds of breaking glass, gun shots, screaming, car alarms or anything suggestive of foul play.
  • Persons loitering near schools, parks or secluded areas in your neighborhood.
  • Open or broken windows at a closed business or residence.
  • Vehicles being loaded with valuables even if they appear to be legitimate looking commercial vehicles.
  • Parked, occupied vehicles containing one or more persons--especially if seen at an unusual hour.

How can I recognize an emergency situation?

A YES answer to any of the following questions would indicate an emergency situation:

  • Is there an injury or possible injury?
  • Is a crime being committed or about to be committed?
  • Is someone asking for help?
  • Is the suspect still at the scene?
  • Is there threat of impending danger or major damage?
  • Is there a hazardous condition which would cause injury or death to citizens or their property and will not go away unless action is taken?
  • Will immediate response prevent possible injury or damage or result in the apprehension of the perpetrator(s)?
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