Investigative Division

The Crime Prevention Bureau is responsible for working with the residents of Dearborn Heights to provide for a safer community for all. The bureau is headed by Cpl. Carrie Hatten and operates a number of community awareness and crime prevention programs. To contact Cpl. Carrie Hatten please call 313.277.7414 or email her at

Crime Prevention Programs

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH E-MAIL – The Crime Prevention Bureau has instituted an on-line information service, allowing the police department to communicate with residents instantly via e-mail. Residents can provide their e-mail address to the Crime Prevention Bureau, allowing them to receive instant messages regarding crime in their area. Over 120 Community Awareness Volunteers participate in this program, and use this information at their monthly meetings. Community Awareness District Captains and C.E.R.T volunteers also use this as a way to communicate with the Crime Prevention Bureau about issues that are unique to their blocks. Contact the Crime Prevention Bureau by e-mail at  to sign up.

CRIME STOPPERS REWARD PROGRAM – The Crime Stoppers reward program pays cash to persons with information regarding crimes that have occurred. Residents can call the Crime Stoppers hot line and give information while remaining anonymous. The Crime Prevention Bureau then follows up on the information, making sure the tipster receives their reward. Several high profile crimes that have occurred in Dearborn Heights have been solved by tips called into Crime Stoppers. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP with your tip.

SECURITY SURVEYS – The Crime Prevention Bureau conducts dozens of security surveys each year, giving residents and business owner's recommendations on how to make their property less prone to crime. The owner's property is inspected by having the locks and window security analyzed, their landscaping checked, and the lighting around the property studied. A report is then provided which explains points of interest, and illustrations show possible remedies. Alarm users who are having problems with false alarms are also advised on tips to reduce false alarms. These are free of charge. Contact the Crime Prevention Bureau at 313.277.7414 for more information.