About The Department

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The Albion Department of Public Safety (ADPS) is a unified police and fire department formed when the Police Department, founded in 1917, and the Fire Department, founded in 1856, combined in 1982.  The function of the Department is to protect and serve the citizens and help protect property within the City of Albion. The City utilizes Public Safety Officers cross-trained for law enforcement and firefighting duties.  

ADPS is a community-oriented, problem-solving agency that partners with the community to provide responsive quality police and fire service through the utilization of data, technology, and highly professional public safety personnel. The staff works in partnership with city departments, residential, business, and educational communities, and other governmental and non-profit agencies to reduce crime, provide a sense of safety and security, and improve the quality of life for those who visit, live, and work in the City of Albion. 

The Chief of Public Safety is appointed by, and responsible to, the City Manager. The Department has a Chief of Public Safety, a Deputy Chief, a Lieutenant, three Sergeants, one Detective, eleven Public Safety Officers, and one Administrative Assistant. 

The Albion Department of Public Safety is led by Chief Scott Kipp, appointed Interim Chief on 9/23/2011 and Chief on 1/1/2012.  Chief Kipp began his career with the City of Albion in 2000.  He has served as a Public Safety Officer, Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Patrol Lieutenant, Chief, Interim City Manager, and a Planning Commissioner since 2017 during his time with the City.  He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.  Before working for the City of Albion, he served as Associate Director of Campus Safety for Albion College and the Director of Security for Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Chief Kipp began his firefighting career in 1995 with the Sheridan Township Fire Department.