Detroit Police Chief Warren C. Evans is one of the state's leading criminal justice professionals, having held a broad range of positions in the field over the past 39 years.
Prior to being appointed as the Detroit Police Department’s 39th Chief of Police by Mayor Dave Bing, Chief Evans served six years as the Sheriff of Wayne County. In his capacity as Sheriff, he stressed the importance of regional cooperation among law enforcement agencies and greater connectivity among all partners in criminal justice and the community, a philosophy he brings with him to the Detroit Police Department (DPD).
As Sheriff, he forged a strong working relationship with the DPD, initiating numerous joint efforts, including the greatly successful Fugitive Apprehension Service Team (FAST). This unique approach of creating blended teams of DPD officers and WCS deputies working side by side to arrest fugitive felons yielded more than 14,000 arrests in approximately five years. Other DPD-Sheriff collaborations have included the creation of a Missing & Exploited Children’s Task Force and numerous strategic, data-driven crime “sweeps” that also brought the resources of other local, state and federal agencies into Detroit for periods of time.
Chief Evans is a career cop, having held every rank in the Sheriff’s Office and earning numerous citations and commendations. He has served as a police officer, correctional officer, supervisor, manager and administrator. He also has held executive positions in law enforcement, adult corrections, community corrections, juvenile detention, juvenile training schools and community based programs.
A life-long Detroit resident, Chief Evans began his career in law enforcement as a Deputy in 1970 and eventually serving as Undersheriff from 1987-1991. In 1978, Evans became the department's youngest-ever lieutenant at age 28.
Chief Evans was recruited by Wayne County Executive Ed McNamara to create and run the Department of Community Justice. While in that position, he oversaw the planning of a new Juvenile Detention Facility and many of the reforms that have led the U.S. Justice Department to hail the once-troubled facility as a national model for its innovative programming and effectiveness in dealing with troubled youths.
After a brief hiatus from county employment, he was named Chief of Operations for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in 2001, where Chief Evans led the auto theft, juvenile, drug house and abandoned building units.
Chief Evans also has earned a reputation as an effective manager and was able to bring in more than $35 million in outside money into the Sheriff’s Office, such as grants and contracts, to provide additional services and hire additional police officers. He also created millions of dollars in efficiencies that saved money without impacting public safety.
Chief Evans says two of his immediate goals are to improve response times to citizen calls for assistance, improve the department’s closure rate on major crimes, as well as to come into compliance with the terms of the federal consent decree issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. Chief Evans said it also is a top priority for him to increase the number of officers within the Detroit Police Department and to provide them the leadership, training and resources they need to safely and effectively serve the public.