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Dearborn Police Investigating Potential Homicide on City’s Northeast Side

On Friday, February 11, 2022, at approximately 9:00 AM, Dearborn Police and Fire personnel responded to the 7500 block of Indiana for a medical assist. Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased 78-year-old male. A 31-year-old suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the incident.

Detectives and crime scene investigators responded to identify the individual in question, gather evidence, and canvas the area for potential witnesses. Based upon the available information at this time, this incident does not appear to be a random act. As this incident is still under investigation, this information is subject to change. Additional details will be released as they become available.

Dearborn Police does not believe there any threats connected to this incident that may pose a danger to residents in the area.

Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin stated, “This loss of life is tragic and on behalf of the Dearborn Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim. We are investigating to provide the answers this individual's family and loved ones need and deserve.”

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to please contact the Dearborn Police Department at (313) 943-2241.

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Dearborn Police Introduces New Traffic Safety Unit

Police Chief Issa Shahin has added a Traffic Safety Unit to the department to shift enforcement priorities towards hazardous traffic violations that pose serious risks to public health and safety. The unit is also tasked with efficiently responding to resident complaints in person. Chief Shahin said, “As a department, we’re going to align our enforcement priorities with the issues residents care about. This unit is about our responsibility to the many families who’ve spoken out about hazardous driving and road safety in their neighborhoods.”

Cpl. Dan Bartok and Sgt. Andrew Galuszka provide an overview of the unit in the following video: https://youtu.be/GXWRBWWw03E

The shift is part of Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud’s renewed focus on public health as an interdepartmental policy framework for the City of Dearborn, in response to the overwhelming feedback from residents that road safety is a top concern. “Our residents have spoken out consistently and clearly about how road safety concerns impact their lives. This new unit is one piece of a broader strategy to align our public safety goals those concerns.” Mayor Hammoud is also initiating a whole-of-government approach to hazardous driving that includes infrastructure, public health, and public education and outreach.

All the traffic officers on the unit are certified to use the latest equipment in traffic enforcement, including radar and laser devices.

If you would like to report a traffic safety concern, you can notify the department and have an officer dispatched to the area within minutes. Call the department’s non-emergency line at 313-943-3030.

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Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud Ceremonially Sworn in as Dearborn’s Seventh Mayor, Delivers Inaugural Speech

Earlier this afternoon, Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud was ceremonially sworn in as Dearborn’s seventh mayor as part of the 2022 City of Dearborn Inauguration, held virtually from the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. Hammoud has served as Mayor of Dearborn in an official capacity since noon on January 1, 2022, the city charter-designated date of transfer.

Mayor Hammoud delivered an inaugural address (included below) painting an optimistic and inclusive vision for Dearborn’s next chapter.

City Clerk George T. Darany was sworn in for his second four-year term as City Clerk. The seven-member Dearborn City Council—including new Council President Michael T. Sareini—and the nine-member Charter Commission were also ceremonially sworn in. All oaths were administered by Wayne County Third Circuit Judge Helal Farhat.

Bios and headshots for each elected official can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yd7ef6zx

The event was streamed virtually for the public to protect public health and safety amid heightened community spread of COVID-19. Family members in attendance were required to abide by evidence-based protocols, including proof of vaccination or negative tests, enhanced social distancing, and mandatory masking.

See the FULL Inaugural Address HERE

See the 2022 Inauguration Booklet HERE

Read Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud's entire inaugural address

***FULL TEXT***

MAYOR ABDULLAH H. HAMMOUD’S INAUGURATIION SPEECH

AS DELIVERED ON 15 JANUARY 2022

FORD COMMNUITY AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

MICHAEL A. GUIDO THEATRE

DEARBORN, MI

As I think about the work ahead of us, I remember the words of the late Congressman John Dingell in his final address to the public. He said, “elected officials do not have power. They hold power — in trust for the people who elected them.”

Everything we do will begin with that basic truth, that the people of Dearborn have ultimate power, that their trust must be earned rather than granted. Having devoted my life to public service, I know that there is more wisdom in the public we serve than any elected official can dream of. All four corners of our city bring something special that makes Dearborn the rich and vibrant place we all love and call home.

As an administration, we will mold our Dearborn government to be as dynamic and civic minded as the people of our city. That’s why my number one goal as Mayor was to assemble the most qualified team of expert public servants this City has ever seen. Together, we’re on a mission to prove that we can solve the biggest problems we face while being transparent, responsive, and accessible to all. 

Our new team brings not only vast experience, but historic diversity that includes several broken barriers. Diversity in public service is about far more than representation; it is about pooling our shared talents to address our shared problems. By including more of us, we widen our perspectives, we improve our decision-making, and multiply our impact. No matter your background, zip code, or native tongue, the City of Dearborn will always treat you equitably and strive to earn your trust each and every day.

This year marks Dearborn’s 93rd year as an incorporated city. Over the decades, we have served as the birthplace of innovation, and the gateway to opportunity for tens of thousands of families. We’ve modeled for the world what a multiethnic democracy can look like when we approach our differences with kind curiosity rather than suspicion. 

But in assuming this office, we won’t just inherit a shared past. We also inherit responsibility for the future. Dearborn is bigger than all of us, and as we prepare to tackle hundred-year challenges such as catastrophic flooding, we will think not just about our residents today, but also the residents of tomorrow. Working to preserve and better the assets of our Dearborn community for generations to come.

No matter the challenge at hand, we want to be the administration that finds a pathway to “yes.” That means we will always keep an open mind, communicate clearly, and welcome opportunities for improvement. Getting to “yes” means getting off our heels and running towards challenges rather than away from them. We will think big while also embracing the small-town feel that makes Dearborn so special.

It is in that spirit that I look forward to continuing a strong relationship with the City Council, City Clerk, Charter Commission, all the civic and community groups that call Dearborn home, and the hundreds of public servants who clock in every morning striving to make Dearborn better.

I will undoubtedly make mistakes along the way. I will not always succeed. But it will not be out of lack of effort or imagination. So even as I fail, may we learn from those moments and fail forward because I know that triumph will be waiting.

Finally, to the residents of Dearborn, our greatest asset and source of power: thank you for lending me your trust. You’ll often hear that your government is open to hearing your concerns. But I’m here to say that we don’t just want your concerns. We want your ideas. We want your wisdom. We want you to be active participants in shaping the future of our city, co-governing side-by-side, for no single person can change the direction of our city. We must all do it together – for together we can, and together we will.

And just remember that when we fight for home, we never quit.

Thank you, all. Wa Salaam u alaykum.

Let’s get to work.