Kevin Edmonds, Schoolcraft College Police Officer
Kevin Edmonds joined the Schoolcraft College Police Department in November of 2014. He previously served with the Detroit Police Department and the city of Oak Park’s Public Safety Department.
To help celebrate Black History Month, we’re pleased to share “My Story, My Voice,” a series of essays written by Schoolcraft College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Please go to schoolcraft.edu/BHM to read the complete collection.
By Kevin Edmonds, Schoolcraft College Police Officer
I grew up on the west side of Detroit in the shadow of famed Kronk Gym. I grew up in a neighborhood where neighbors knew you by name, and everyone looked out for each other. One of the values that was instilled in me as a child by my mom was the “Golden Rule”: Treat everybody the way you want to be treated. I have lived by that mantra in both my personal and professional life.
After graduating from Henry Ford High School, I began working for Ford Motor Company before starting my career in public service with the Detroit Police Department (DPD) in 1989. I worked for DPD for two years and was laid-off. Unemployment was short-lived, as just weeks after being laid-off, I was hired by the City of Oak Park’s Public Safety Department (OPDPS). I served the Oak Park DPS for 23 years, retiring in October of 2014.
As with my time being laid-off, my retirement was also short-lived. Within weeks after I retired, I was hired by the Schoolcraft College Police Department (SCPD) in November of 2014. Not a bad retirement gig at all!
Entering into my eighth year at SCPD, I have enjoyed my job here at Schoolcraft College thus far. I enjoy coming to work, my co-workers at SCPD, the staff and faculty at the college. I enjoy what I do on a daily basis here at Schoolcraft College assisting students, staff, and guest of Schoolcraft College.
In conclusion, working at SCPD has inspired me to return to college to complete the last 10 credits of my bachelor’s degree program. My goal is to complete my degree work to walk across the stage this December. Wish me luck!