First female Farmington Hills Police sergeant retires

Farmington Hills Police Sergeant Shelly Turner last month celebrated her retirement after more than 31 years of service to the community.

Sargeant Bonnie Turner
From left: Assistant Chief Dan Rodriguez, Assistant Chief Michael Ciaramitaro, Sergeant Shelly Turner, Police Chief Charles Nebus, Assistant Chief Jeff King, and Commander Bonnie Unruh. (City of Farmington Hills)

Turner began her career with the department in 1987 after serving as a Police Cadet at the Macomb Community College Department of Public Safety and as a Public Safety Clerk with the Grosse Pointe Shores Department of Public Safety. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Macomb Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, where she was the Class Secretary.

Beginning as a Police Cadet, Turner was assigned to the Patrol Division and promoted to Police Officer in 1988. In 2003, she was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Division. In 2006, she was assigned to the Administrative Bureau as the Support Services Sergeant until her retirement.

During her career, Turner had the distinction of being the first female promoted to the rank of Sergeant, first female Narcotics Officer, first female Breathalyzer Officer, and first female Field Training Officer.

Turner received more than 16 Department awards including two Chief’s Citations, one Valor Award, two Wound Awards, one Professional Service Award, one Merit Award, five Unit Citations, two Letters of Appreciation, and numerous letters from citizens complimenting her professionalism, service, and compassion throughout the years. She was the City of Farmington Hills Police Officer of the Year in 2003 and the Optimist Club Police Officer of the Year in 1997.

Additionally, in 2004 she received the Police Officer of the Year Award from the Police Officers Association of Michigan, the Medal of Valor from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Medal of Honor from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.