Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has named Issa Shahin, Chief of the Dearborn Police Department, to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), a highly selective standard-setting body that shapes all aspects of the profession in the state of Michigan.
Shahin, whose appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate, was nominated for the position by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP).
“I’m deeply humbled to have been selected to serve on this body, which carries a tremendous responsibility to the profession and to the people of Michigan,” Shahin stated. “I want to thank Governor Whitmer for entrusting me with that responsibility, and I’m honored to have received the nomination of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP).”
Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “I’m incredibly proud that Chief Shahin’s lifetime of exceptional service in Dearborn will be used to serve the broader Michigan community as part of MCOLES, and I commend Governor Whitmer for recognizing his leadership through this appointment.”
As an MCOLES commissioner, Shahin will help shape the contours of the law enforcement profession statewide, setting standards on everything from selection and employment to licensing and funding. The commission has a “statutory responsibility to promote public safety in Michigan,” according to a press release issued by the Governor’s office Wednesday afternoon.
“I look forward to the hard work of enhancing the profession I love through thoughtful collaboration with the other commissioners and the public we serve,” Shahin added. “Getting to work with the men and women of the Dearborn Police Department has been the honor of my life, and I’m eager to bring their perspectives along with my own to the commission table.”
Chief Shahin is a 24-year veteran of the Dearborn Police Department, the fourth largest police department in the State of Michigan. Prior to serving as Chief, he served as Commanding Officer of the Investigative Division. Prior, he served as a Captain in the Investigative and Patrol Division and as a Lieutenant in Critical Incident and Community Support. Between 2009 and 2013, Shahin served as a Sergeant in the Tactical Patrol Unit and as an ATF task force officer.
Issa Shahin earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in political science and government and a master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management, both from Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He is also a graduate of EMU’s Police Staff & Command Executive Program.