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The Ann Arbor Police Department is committed to strengthening relationships with the community it serves.  Over the last year, the department has had the opportunity to renew our focus on community engagement strategies.

AAPD looks forward to building upon the strong relationships we have forged with our neighborhoods, schools, residents and businesses as we continue to prevent and reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for everyone throughout the community. 

The Community Engagement Unit was created in an effort to improve police and community relations.  The department offers a range of services and activities to help inform and educate citizens about community policing, crime prevention, and outreach programs.

We currently have 3 officers assigned to the Community Engagement Unit.  This unit is led by Sergeant Dawn Murphy. To schedule time for our Community Engagement officers to visit your business or school please contact Sgt. Murphy at 734.794.6900, ext. 49112 or dmurphy@a2gov.orgYou may also reach us at 

In addition to his community relations role, Sgt. Murphy shall serve as the Police Department liaison to the LGBTQ Community. In this role, Sgt. Murphy will provide outreach, recommend initiatives and programs, and serve as a positive point of contact for matters of concern for the Ann Arbor Police Department. Sgt. Murphy can be reached at


Ann Arbor's James L. Crawford Elks Lodge is part of the national Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World, a fraternal organization founded in 1899 by black men denied entry into existing fraternal groups. The Ann Arbor lodge has been located on Sunset Road, overlooking North Main Street and the Argo Dam, for over half a century. 

Influenced by a rich African American heritage, the Ann Arbor Community Center is a catalyst for transformation within the city and its greater community. With a primary focus on youth, adults and families, the Ann Arbor Community Center provides programs and services that promote self-reliance, social and economic well-being, diversity and community involvement.