Chelsea Police report, July 2022

By Doug Marrin

In July 2022, officers responded to 264 calls for police service, up from 239 the previous year for an 11% increase. The total number of calls for 2022 (January-July) is 2,276, compared to 1,318 for the same period last year, an increase of 72%.

Officers carried out 24 traffic stops compared to five a year ago. Eleven citations were issued.

Among the files of the CPD, three are awaiting laboratory analysis, 18 are at the prosecutor’s office, eight are closed and 28 remain open.

Notable incidents in the monthly report include one assault, two robberies, two frauds, 14 traffic accidents, two death investigations, five wellness checks, five medical aids and 23 citizen aids.

At his August 15 meeting, Acting Chief of Police Richard Kinsey reported to the Board that Sgt. Brian Schneider quit and took a job with UM Police. The 4th of July weekend was uneventful. The only incident was a call for someone who badly cut their leg while cutting a birthday cake. Kinsey reported that recently a Chevy Blazer had its wheels stolen outside the Baymont Hotel. He also informed the Council that they were on the lookout and taking precautions for a bank robber who struck in Ann Arbor. The suspect is a man estimated to be between 60 and 70 years old.

Acting Chief Kinsey announced that he would introduce officers to the Council in his monthly reports. He introduced Officer Dori Blackford. Chief McDougall hired Constable Blackford in 2000 as a part-time dispatcher, which turned into a full-time position.

“The first time I met her was in 2006 when she was a police academy cadet at Washtenaw Community College, where I was teaching,” Kinsey said. “She was at the front of the class and asked the best questions.”

“Dori is Chelsea City’s first female police officer,” Kinsey added. “She really helps in that department.”

The full July 2022 report is available on the city’s website at

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