Chief of Police Mary Sclabassi
Previously, she served as the commander in charge of the Investigative Services Division and Internal Affairs from 2011 to 2012 and prior to that was the lieutenant in charge of the Investigative Division.
Chief Sclabassi was born and raised in Allen Park and joined the Taylor Police Department in 1994 as a patrol officer.
Sclabassi performed traditional patrol duties, and in 1996 Mary was selected by the Michigan State Police to work undercover in a Downriver narcotics task force for two years. She was also assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Airport Task Force, where she gained experience in large scale national drug trafficking cases.
After her special assignments, she resumed duties as a patrol officer and in 1999 was promoted to the rank of corporal.
She then worked as a detective in the Investigative Services Division until September 2001 when she was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
She worked as a supervisor in the patrol division before being transfer as a supervisor of the Detective Bureau.
In 2009, she was promoted to lieutenant and put in charge of the Detective Bureau, overseeing one of the busiest detective bureaus in the Metro Detroit area.
Mary has been active in developing programs to improve police-community relationships including the Taylor Police Citizens Advisory Committee, crime prevention education programs, National Night Out and neighborhood watch groups.
She has received several departmental awards and commendations including the Mayor’s Medal in 1995 for her involvement in a case involving the corruption of a Downriver court clerk, as well as a Unit Commendation Medal from the Farmington Hills Police Department; and Merit Awards from the Michigan State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
She is a member of the Wayne County Detectives Association, Michigan Crime Prevention Association of Michigan, and the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association.
Chief Sclabassi has a bachelor degree from Wayne State University and is also a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command, a prestigious executive police school. Has also received a masters degree in criminal justice from the University of Detroit-Mercy. She is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice Leadership Studies Program at Madonna University.
Sclabassi also serves on the Wayne County Sexual Assault Collaborative and is on the planning board of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Detroit.
Appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to state "Prescription Drug & Opioid Abuse Task Force"
Named Coordinator of Training for Downriver Mutual Aid, a regional consortium
Appointed to Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police "Youth Scholarship Committee"
Instructor at Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff & Command
Also a member of:
Downriver Area Narcotics Organization, Board Member
International Association Of Chiefs of Police
Michigan Association Of Chiefs of Police
Police Executive Research Forum
Southeast Michigan Associations of Chiefs of Police
Taylor Teen Substance Abuse Task Force, Board Member
Wayne County Association of Chiefs of Police
You can reach Chief Sclabbasi by email.
A Message from the ChiefAs your Chief of Police, I would like to welcome you to our website. I am proud and honored to have been appointed to this important position for this great Department. During my lengthy police career, I have never lost my enthusiasm for the job or my affection for this department and the men and women who are at the core. In my opinion, there is no nobler profession than that of assuring the safety and security of the community. I believe there is no finer law enforcement agency than the Taylor Police Department. The history, initiative, talent and creativity that exist here inspire me.
As laws, technologies, and times change, so must Taylor flex with new law enforcement strategies and policies. However, I have a fervent belief that as we progress technically and embrace new ideas that we shouldn't forget our priority is the prevention and reduction of crime and customer service to the residents and businesses of the city.
Community policing and crime prevention are familiar ideas that can be retrofitted using up-to-date technology. By listening to the community, we are able to better target our resources to be more effective in critical police services. I am hopeful we can all be more invested in making our community safer.
The relationships that develop and the problem solving activities that occur, help to reduce crime and improve the standard of living in all our neighborhoods.
Chief of Police
The Taylor Police Department is dedicated to upholding a professional and ethical police standard while providing a safe and secure environment for all persons living in, working in or visiting the City of Taylor.
It shall be our continuous goal to deter behavior and conditions that lead to crime and the fear of crime, while building a close partnership with the community we serve.
Therefore, we, the officers and staff of the Taylor Police Department, are committed to the ideal that every citizen is to be treated in a professional manner eith dignity, compassion and respect.