Duchess Club honors Farmington Hills officer

Bonnie Unruh
Commander Bonnie Unruh

The Detroit Duchess Club on March 9 presented Farmington Hills Police Commander Bonnie Unruh with a Duchess Award during a ceremony held at North Congregational Church in Farmington Hills.

The awards ceremony honored five extraordinary women who have provided exemplary service for society. Other recipients included Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence for Public Services; Lila Lazarus for Arts/Media; Dr. Usha Ram for Health Care Services; and Cynthia Khan for Humanitarian Services.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

The Detroit Duchess Club empowers women of various cultures and religions, holds charitable events, hosts self-development and health symposiums, and this year held their first annual awards ceremony.

Duchess Awards
Duchess Award recipients Brenda Lawrence, Cynthia Khan, Commander Bonnie Unruh, Lila Lazarus, and Dr. Usha Ram (City of Farmington Hills)


Unruh joined the Farmington Hills Police Department in 1989, as a Police Cadet. After one year, she was promoted to Police Officer and worked in Road Patrol, Crime Prevention, and the Detective Bureau. She rose through the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and eventually to her current role of Commander in charge of the Operations Section of the Police Department.

In addition to the Duchess Award, Unruh has received a Lifetime Achievement in Crime Prevention Award, two departmental Police Officer of the Year Awards, Police Officer of the Year Award from the American Society of Industrial Security, several professional service awards, a merit citation, and several unit citations.

–Press release

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