Roderick I. Grimes

Chief Roderick Grimes was appointed as Chief of the Detroit Public Schools Police Department on June 18, 2009 after retiring from the Detroit Police Department at the rank of Sergeant in February 2003, following 25 years there.

During his career with DPD, he was assigned to Precinct Patrol, Tactical Services Section, Auto Theft Unit, Mayor's Executive Protection Unit serving Mayor Dennis Archer, Notification Control Center, Eastern Operations Division under Deputy Chief Ronald Haddad, and the Police Reserve Section. He earned numerous departmental awards and citations.

Since joining the Detroit Public Schools Police Department in 2003 as a Police Officer, he was assigned to the department's night patrol and response unit. He was promoted in 2004 to the rank of Corporal, and continued the assignment on nights as the shift Supervisor.

In 2007, he was assigned to the gang enforcement team, and later that year, accepted the assignment on the Executive Protection Unit providing protection for the General Superintendant. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2008, and held that rank until June of 2009.

Chief Grimes was educated in DPS, graduating from Pershing High School in 1974. He received a certificate of completion from Detroit Business Institute in 1976, attended Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, and Wayne County Community Colleges studying criminal justice. He is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently serves on the City of Detroit's planning committee, creating a youth violence prevention plan.