Southfield (CW50) – Todd Bettison serves as the Deputy Chief overseeing as the Neighborhood Liaison. The Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department elevated the Commander position to Deputy Chief in order to put the community outreach at the forefront of the department, making it just as important as patrols and safety.

Todd Bettison, Deputy Chief for the Detroit Police Department (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

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On this week’s COMMUNITY CONNECT, Lisa Germani sits downs with Deputy Chief Bettison to talk about what the Detroit Police are doing for the holiday season.

Todd Bettison, Deputy Chief for the Detroit Police Department, with Community Connect Host Lisa Germani (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

Partnering with neighborhood businesses and leaders is important to the department during the holiday season, because they are the ones that come through with food donations for families in need. The police officers within the neighborhoods that know the families determine which ones need the most help during the holidays.

Todd Bettison, Deputy Chief for the Detroit Police Department, with Community Connect Host Lisa Germani (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

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The police department also supports the families with clothing and toy donations.

Cop Stuff-A-Car is a challenge where community businesses are challenged to fill a cop car with hundreds of toys to distribute them personally to families.

Todd Bettison, Deputy Chief for the Detroit Police Department, with Community Connect Host Lisa Germani (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

The Deputy Chief also went over safety tips for going downtown during the holidays.

To learn more about the Detroit Police Departments programs, go to DetroitMi.gov/Departments/Police-Department

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Watch COMMUNITY CONNECT Saturday at 8:30am on CW50