Elevating the Standard of Safety in Auburn Hills

Employee safety is of the utmost importance here at the City, and we go to great lengths to make sure our staff and our residents, are safe every time they step foot on our campus. As a local municipality that operates within today’s social climate, anything can happen at a moments notice. Whether it be a work-related injury or a mass shooting, we want to make sure that we are prepared. 

Last week, our staff took part in a “Stop the Bleed” training conducted by our Police and Fire Departments, along with guest speaker Anita Barksdale from St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Trauma Services. According to Stop the Bleed, the City of Auburn Hills is among the first municipality to offer and have all of its employees be fully taught within the program as a city-wide effort.

The motto of the day was, “Don’t be a bystander, react.” The entire presentation was focused on how taking action can significantly change the direction of a severe bleeding situation, and ultimately save the life of you or a co-worker.

Members of staff were educated on what to look for in the event of a life-threatening bleed, steps to take during a major event, and how to use bleeding control equipment such as a tourniquet or other resources to be used, if the gear is not available. Most importantly, employees were empowered to help in the event of a bleeding emergency until professional help arrives. As a part of our emergency preparedness and planning initiative, we will be placing “Stop the Bleed” kits throughout our City campus. We value having trained staff during any unexpected situation, and look to accomplish this training for our community as well.

If you are interested in this type of training or bleeding control kits, you may contact our Community Engagement Officer, Brian Miller at 248-364-1230 or email him at bmiller@auburnhills.org. You can also visit www.bleedingcontrol.org to learn more about the Stop the Bleed program.

Torri Mathes, Media Communications Specialist


We are secure – and we are excited about it!

Auburn Hills Police Department

Today was a really great day for us.

Today’s blog is about a part of policing that normally isn’t very exciting.  But it is important to us and to you.  Like most organizations these days our records contain big data and we link to state and federal criminal justice big data too.  I know you’ve read about and maybe have been affected by big hacks like Target, Home Depot, even the IRS got hacked.  And your personal information is out there in cyberworld.

We know our data is sensitive and we know it is our responsibility to guard it properly and see that it is used lawfully.  But even we, who are so very careful, swallowed hard when we got the following email message in May:

Dear Ms. Gina Thomas,

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division will conduct a Criminal Justice Information Technology Security Audit of the Auburn Hills Police Department…

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We are secure – and we are excited about it!

Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training

Lt. Cas Miarka of the Auburn Hills Police Department.

As I stand in the front of a classroom in the University Center in our downtown today introducing Lt. Cas Miarka of the Auburn Hills Police Department, the following headline pops up on my smartphone: “Active shooter reported at Naval Medical Center San Diego”. I was introducing Lt. Miarka to a group of twenty-five individuals who were there to hear him speak on the topic: “Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training”. The sad reality is that this is increasingly becoming a more regular occurrence in workplaces throughout America. The Auburn Hills Police Department recognizes the importance of this topic as do I as City Manager. We have conducted a few of these training sessions which have all been well attended. The subject matter makes some business leaders uneasy. I understand that. However, I would much rather give my employees the tools to increase their opportunity to survive in one of these tragic incidents than to have them harmed through inaction. I commend Chief Olko and her staff for putting together these outreach programs. They are available to attend by way of periodic offerings through the Chamber of Commerce or we can bring the program right to your place of business.

Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training