Inkster's interim police chief promises reform, training changes

In the aftermath of the Floyd Dent arrest and beating got on camera, Inkster is bringing in a new police chief, for now.

The department announced Tuesday that it had hired Dr. Joseph Thomas as the Interim Inkster Police Chief. He's already vowing to repair the ranks and improve community relations.

"There's a couple of issues we need to address I'm going to address them. I already started." Dr. Thomas said.

He comes to the police department after the resignation of the city's former police chief, Vickie Yost, resigned. The department is still working to recover its image after the beating of Dent by Inkster Police made national headlines and an officer involved In that beating was criminally charged.

Thomas says one of the first items on his list of 'taking care of business' were two suspensions connected to the Dent beating 

"I can tell you there were suspensions. I can't tell you how many or their names just be advised I took care of business," he said. 

Despite questions and urging for the officers names, Thomas said he would not announce them.

Thomas has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and is the former police chief in Southfield.

He says he is also working on a policy change regarding the way background checks are conducted for police officers and believes he can take this department in a new direction. He said it starts with training.

"We've got to train officers to do the right thing. They need to know what right looks like," Thomas said.

Inkster's City Council voted Thomas in as the city's Interim Police Chief and the city manager says he's the best person for the job

"He's world renowned: Iraq, Palestine, the United States Department of State, the FBI academy, all those accolades and credentials he has. But what's more important to me, as a city manager, we have a good person within him who has a good heart believes in doing right thing." City Manager Richard Marsh Jr. said.

Thomas says he was sought after by not just the Inkster Police Department but several other departments across the country. Eventually, he settled on Inkster and looks forward to turning the Inkster Police Department.
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