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Public Safety Department


The Berkley Public Safety Department provides police and fire services to residents and businesses in the City of Berkley. All sworn officers are trained and certified in both fields. Approximately 95% of all department responses and activities are police-related. When a fire call is received, officers respond directly to the scene with their fire gear; an officer working in the station brings one of the fire trucks to the scene. Our response time is excellent in terms of staff, equipment, and promptness.

Department Structure  
  • 1 Director
  • 24 sworn officers
  • 2 detectives
  • 1 youth officer/fire marshal
  • 4 dispatchers
  • 1 animal control officer – shared with the City of Royal Oak
  • 1 secretary
  • 10 volunteer reservists

Meet Your Public Safety Director

Richard Eshman
Public Safety Director

Richard Eshman began his career with the City of Berkley in 2002, after a 33 year career with the City of Detroit, working in a wide variety of assignments. He retired from Detroit at the rank of Commander, where he was in charge of precincts with up to 200 officers reporting to him. Having worked in law enforcement since 1969, Chief Eshman brings valuable skills and expertise to serve the citizens of the City of Berkley.

Chief Eshman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and accumulated 32 post-graduate hours in Police Administration at Eastern Michigan University.

Chief Eshman is a resident of Berkley and is committed to ensuring the safety of our community.