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Detective Christopher Moreau works with the Sterling Heights Police Department

SHPD Detective Christopher Moreau, who is black and grew up in Sterling Heights, remembers his first conversation with a police officer. It was during a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program event and it inspired him.

“I remember being in awe of what an officer represented, and from that moment on law enforcement became one of my dreams.”

Moreau says he’s proud to work in a department that puts diversity work first and that it’s key to reducing prejudice in the community.

“Not only does the public feel more comfortable and willing to work with those sworn to protect them when they see themselves reflected in the force, but we as officers can learn from each other,” he says.

“Like being in any other situation as a minority, there are some challenges associated with being a person of color in a predominantly white city,” Moreau admits.

“Personally, I’m constantly aware of the way I look and the way I am perceived by the public as a cop, as a detective, and as a person. This awareness, though, is part of my everyday life, not just when I’m at work.”

Moreau says that he and his fellow officers have been able to find common ground and talk through any misunderstandings, and he hopes the seeds being planted now will strengthen the force in the long run.

“I’m sure that the community outreach programs, like the CORE program and education initiatives, will have a positive impact on who joins the department in the future because they’re able to expose the community to the wide variety of officers we have in Sterling Heights.”

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