Chief Kyle Dawley was promoted to Chief of Police on April 27, 2023. Chief Dawley began his career as a Cadet with the West Bloomfield Police Department in the late 1990's. He then went on to be a Police Officer with the City of Wayne until joining the Westland Police Department in 2004. Over his career, Chief Dawley has been assigned to several positions within the various Divisions of the Police Department.
As a police officer, Chief Dawley was assigned as a uniformed patrol officer, S.W.A.T, Field Training Officer, Honor Guard and Community Police Officer. In 2010, Chief Dawley was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant and assigned as a uniform patrol supervisor. In 2011, Chief Dawley was assigned as a Detective Sergeant for two years and then a Special Investigations Unit Sergeant, where he worked undercover narcotics until being promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant in December of 2014.
Chief Dawley was a uniform patrol lieutenant until being assigned to the Office of Professional Standards, which supervises the C.A.L.E.A. National Accreditation Team, and was responsible for all department training and Internal Affairs.
On January 4, 2021, Chief Dawley was promoted to Deputy Chief, where he commanded the Patrol Division and Professional Standards.
Chief Dawley considers continued education to be paramount in order to stay relevant and up to date with current trends in law enforcement. He has earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University (1999), a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Madonna University (2009) and a Master's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Michigan University (2019). Chief Dawley has also graduated from the Police Staff and Command program from Eastern Michigan University, class #33 in 2017. He has also been grateful enough to attend State of Michigan approved supervisory and leadership training courses throughout the past decade.
Chief Dawley has been a proud member for several years of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) and the Western-Wayne National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Chief Dawley has been married to his wife Kathleen for 20 years and they have one son and three teenage daughters.