On January 19th, 2015, Robert Shelide was publicly sworn in as Shelby Township’s Chief of Police.
Chief Robert Shelide joined the Southfield Police Department in 1994 after spending the first seven years of his law enforcement career with the Detroit Police Department. In Southfield, Chief Shelide spent 10 years as a detective. After his promotion to Sergeant in 2004, he spent five years as a supervisor in both the Investigations and Patrol Division. In 2009, Chief Shelide was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served three years as a watch commander. In 2012 he was selected as Coordinator of the Patrol Division where he was in charge of the departments specialized units including the Crime Prevention and Community Policing Unit, Traffic Safety Bureau, School Resource Officers, and the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit. In July of 2013, Chief Shelide was named Acting Deputy Chief by Chief Hawkins and placed in charge of the Patrol Division. In June of 2014, Chief Shelide was formally promoted to Deputy Chief and remained in charge of the Patrol Division, serving as Division Commander.
Chief Shelide is currently working on a master’s of intelligence analysis at the University of Detroit Mercy and holds a graduate certificate of achievement in criminal justice from the University of Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science in community development with a concentration in public administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.