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James White

Chief, Detroit Police Department

James White is the Chief of the Detroit Police Department. Prior to his appointment, he was selected by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Commission to lead the Department of Civil Rights. White has had a distinguished career with the Detroit Police Department.

One of White’s biggest assignments was spearheading the Detroit Police Department’s compliance for two federal consent judgments as a commanding officer. This led to him orchestrating oversight and policy-making for the DPD Civil Rights Integrity Bureau. White also established a Civilian Advisory Committee to help bridge gaps between civilians and the Detroit Police Department.

White is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a State Certified Counselor, a Counselor with the Northeast Guidance Center, and a board member of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standard.

White earned an Associate of Arts degree from Wayne County Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wayne State University, and a Master of Science in Counseling from Central Michigan University. White also earned a Master of Business Administration Certificate from the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business and an Honorary Doctorate from Cleary University.