Juvenile and School Liaison Officers
are detectives who have been assigned to cases which involve a
juvenile either as a victim or as a suspect. Juvenile officers
may handle cases that do not involve juveniles; however,
juvenile cases are their primary responsibility. Juvenile
officers handle cases at a local level whenever possible and
appropriate, preferring this action over a court referral.
Officers are juvenile officers who act as a liaison between
the police department, the school district and the community.
The school liaison program provides a valuable community
resource by offering a wide range of services. Serving as a
central source for law enforcement information, or providing a
high degree of informal interaction between students and
police, the program fosters better community relations. The
school liaison officers present or assist with activities or
programs like Safety Town, the Sixth Grade Program,
Drug/Alcohol Prevention Programs, Parent Networking, and
1. What is a
juvenile? Is there an age limit?
By legal definition in the State of Michigan, a juvenile is
someone who is not yet 17 years old.
2. What is
curfew in Bloomfield Township?
Bloomfield Township follows the State Law regarding curfew.
The law states that minors under the age of 12 shall not be
out between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM unless accompanied by a
parent or guardian, or some adult delegated by the parent or
guardian to accompany the child. Minors under the age of 16
shall not be out between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 AM unless
accompanied by a parent or guardian, or an adult delegated by
the parent or guardian, or where the minor is on some
legitimate business directed by his parent or guardian.
3. How old
does my child have to be to be left home alone?
There is no specific law that addresses this issue. This is a
decision that is best left to the parents of the child. The
decision should be based on the child's maturity level and
ability to accept responsibility.
4. May I talk
to an officer about a problem I'm having with my son/daughter?
Certainly. If it is a serious problem that you feel needs
immediate attention you can call the main desk phone number of
433.7755 and speak to an officer about the problem. If you
would prefer, you may call the Investigations Division at
433.7760 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM and
ask to speak to a School Liaison Officer or Youth Officer.
5. How do I
place my child in Children's Village?
Children's Village, the juvenile detention facility for
Oakland County, is not open to individual placement of local
youths. Youths housed at the Village are held overnight on
serious charges pending a court hearing in the morning or have
been sentenced to that facility by Family Court. Detention is
the last resort pursued in the juvenile justice system in
Oakland County. Numerous intervention resources such as
Bloomfield Youth Guidance at
are usually utilized prior to any consideration of detention.
6. Can I move
my 17 year old out of the house, and if so, am I still
responsible for him/her?
Parents are required to provide support, lodging, food, etc.
until their children reach 18 years of age. However, once they
have reached the age of 17 that can be at a location other
than the family home.
7. Why does
the Bloomfield Township Police Department have School Liaison
Officers only in the Bloomfield Hills School District and not
Birmingham and the private schools?
Bloomfield Township's School Liaison Officers work with the
Bloomfield Hills School District. Under a joint operating
agreement and shared financing, the Birmingham Police
Department and many others have School Liaison Officers that
cover the schools in their district. Bloomfield Township
provides limited youth services to Birmingham and private
schools in Bloomfield Township.
8. Do you
This department does not teach D.A.R.E. We have a similar
program that is taught each year in 6th grade. This program is
a drug/alcohol abuse prevention program which also covers many
additional aspects of a Middle School student's life in
9. To what
degree is substance abuse a problem in Bloomfield Township?
Bloomfield Township in many ways shares the same problems of
everyday life with those in our surrounding communities, and
those problems include substance abuse. To varying degrees
substance abuse in a family affects not only that family's
daily life and structure but how those individuals deal with
the society around them. Due to this a majority of complaints
that School Liaison Officers and Investigators deal with are
in some way substance abuse related. This is evidenced by the
involvement of the School Liaison Officers in many community
organizations whose focus in part is substance abuse and its
effects on the community.
To learn more
about drug and substance abuse by visiting the
Office of National Drug Control Policy website.