Farmington Hills Police sergeant earns American Legion honor

Farmington Hills Police Sergeant Marc Haro was honored during the September 11 Patriot Day Ceremony in Farmington as the Department’s 2018 American Legion Police Officer of the Year.

Farmington Hills Police Officer of the Year
Pictured from left: Commander Bonnie Unruh, Assistant Chief Dan Rodriguez, Sergeant Marc Haro, Chief Chuck Nebus, Assistant Chief Jeff King, and Commander John Piggott (City of Farmington Hills)

Haro was honored for receiving the following Citations and Awards in 2018:

  • A Citation when he discovered a suspicious vehicle with four persons attempting to conceal themselves. An investigation revealed two pry bars had been thrown into nearby bushes and inside the vehicle was evidence related to breaking and entering activities. His efforts resulted in the arrest of four people for possession of burglary tools; each had lengthy criminal records.
  • A Citation when he stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and detected the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a concealed handgun, which was discovered to be stolen in 2016. The driver was arrested for multiple felony crimes.
  • A Unit Citation when suspects fired several rounds from a handgun into an apartment. Two victims were struck by the gunfire and one died. A protracted and detailed investigation resulted in three men being arrested and charged with numerous felonies, including murder. Haro was the initial supervisor and an important part of the investigation.
  • A Unit Citation when officers responded to an injured person who had fallen from a third-story window of a home. A lengthy and detailed investigation alleges that the victim had likely fallen from the window as a result of a deliberate act of murder. Haro was the Patrol Supervisor in charge of the initial investigation, which was crucial to the prosecution of the case.
  • A Citation when he noticed a suspicious person walking in the area of closed businesses. He obtained permission to conduct a search. During the search, he located a handgun in the man’s backpack and arrested him.

A 27-year veteran of law enforcement, Haro has been a member of the Farmington Hills Police Department since 1996. Before that, he was a Police Officer with the Detroit Police Department for four years.

Haro has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Narcotics Investigator in the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium (SONIC), Detective, and currently serves as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division. He was the 2001 Optimist Police Officer of the year and has received 42 citations and awards during his Farmington Hills career.

“Sergeant Haro is highly decorated and known as a leader in the Department. We are proud of him for all of his hard work and accomplishments,” said Police Chief Chuck Nebus.