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Chief of Police

Chief Jim Baird

Chief Jim Baird has been with the AAPD since 1993, when he was hired as a patrol officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1999, lieutenant in 2012 and deputy chief of the operations division in May 2013, and has held assignments in patrol, professional standards and SWAT.  Chief Baird was appointed to his current position of Chief in February 2016. 
He has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in criminal justice. He is also a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command.  As chief of the department he is responsible for ensuring that daily operations of the department are effective and efficient.

Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Robert Pfannes

Deputy Chief Robert Pfannes has been with the AAPD since 1998, when he was hired as a patrol officer.  Before coming to the AAPD he served with the Detroit and Garden City police departments.  He came with experience in patrol, major crimes, narcotics and patrol supervision.   He was promoted to AAPD Sergeant in 2004 and has held various supervisory assignments including road patrol, Communications, Professional Standards and the Detective Section. In 2012 he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant and served as the commander of the Detective Section.  Robert was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2016.

Robert has a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies from Madonna University and is a graduate of the EMU School of Police Staff and Command and EMU Basic and Advanced SWAT training.  He has taught at the Western Wayne Regional Police Academy for the last 23 years.

As Deputy Chief, Robert is responsible for the patrol, detective, special services, administrative services and professional standards sections, which includes training, hiring and recruiting, and community standards.

Command Staff

The Ann Arbor police command staff is comprised of six lieutenants and eighteen sergeants.  Each lieutenant is responsible for a specific section of the department. The sergeants are responsible for the direct supervision of the officers and/or civilian employees.



Community Engagement

Interaction with residents and businesses is important to the Ann Arbor Police Department to regularly address concerns and to maintain general public safety. In addition to informal or impromptu interactions, AAPD participates in outreach through community presentations and special programs. Ongoing engagement with members of our community helps ensure a safer Ann Arbor for us all. Contact Sgt. Dawn Murphy via email at about scheduling AAPD personnel to attend a school, organization or neighborhood function. ​

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Ann Arbor, MI 48104