The journey of a lifetime

Shawn Rowley

Shawn Rowley
Deputy Chief, Southfield (MI) Police Department


Like many kids, I grew up wanting to become a police officer. I never outgrew that wish! My journey began as a Police Explorer in High School. That cemented my career choice for me. After 4 years getting my Criminal Justice Degree from Michigan State University, it was off to the Indianapolis Police Department for just under a year. I did not want to leave Indy, but I got the opportunity to go back to my hometown and work for the Southfield (MI) Police Department. This was a dream come true. For the next 26 years I served the citizens of Southfield, retiring as a Deputy Chief.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Michigan!

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Michigan!

Best prank? I was riding a midnight double car with a female partner. About 7 a.m. in the morning the Deputy Chief had us call him at the station. He wanted to know (okay, he yelled) about a sign on the back of our patrol car. It seems our fellow officers put a “Just Married” sign on the back or our car and we never noticed it. How many hours did we drive around with that on the back of our car?

Rewarding? Being involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Two great organizations raising money and awareness for thousands of great athletes.

Proud moments? My family going into public service. My son Chris became a police officer. My son Matt went to the dark side to become a firefighter. I hope they saw how I loved the profession, serving the community, giving back to the city and my department. A challenging and rewarding career.

Also proud of my daughter Amanda who is a Physical therapist and my wife Beth who grew and cultivated her landscape design business (pun intended).

For future generations? Give back to your communities and work safe!

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