On June 1, 1978 the Hinckley Police Department hired its first full-time officer. Leonard P. Keller was hired as a Police Chief to organize and establish a full-time department after previously being only a part-time department.

A levy was passed in November of 1978 to establish funds for additional full-time personnel. In January of 1979, four additional officers were added to the department.

Leonard Keller left the department in 1982 and Melvin Wiley was appointed Chief of Police. Chief Wiley disappeared in July of 1985 and was replaced by Chief David Yates who retired in 2007. Chief John Huff was appointed in 2007 until 2009 when Tim Kalavsky became Chief of Police. Chief Kalavsky served for 9 years retiring in 2018 and was replaced by Chief David Centner.

Over the years the department has grown along with the Township. Additional officers were hired and the department is now comprised of 13 full-time police officers and additional part-time and civilian personnel.



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