Board Members

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MAP Executive Board President Rich Heins and his K9 Chase were recently recognized during a retirement ceremony for Chase, a 10-year veteran of the Sterling Heights Police Department.

Heins, a Sterling Heights Police K9 Officer, and Chase received several gifts and awards during the ceremony. Heins' committment to the K9 program was also recognized by police officials with the K-9 training field at Baumgartner Park being renamed Heins Field.

Click here to read the C&G Newspapers article about Officer Heins and his K9 Chase.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Michigan Association of Police (MAP) President Rich Heins is excited that MAP now has an official permanent seat on the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) and no longer has to wait to see whether or not the Governor will appoint someone from the union.

Heins was sworn in as an MCOLES Commissioner December 2016, the same month the legislature agreed to allow the various police organizations already serving on MCOLES permanent seats on the commission. He was re-sworn in January 2017 due to the new standards that were set for the commission.

“They mandated somebody from each organization, the labor and management side of it, so you get both sides of the coin when discussing issues,” Heins said.

Heins is taking over the remaining portion of MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner’s two-year term, which expires December 31, 2017, while Timpner focuses on legislative issues affecting MAP members.

“He wrote a letter of recommendation and the Governor’s office appointed me to fill his spot,” Heins said. “Fred knows that I was very interested in getting involved more with the union. I want to make sure (the union) maintains a say in what goes on, how employees and unions are treated.”

“I’ve been union president of Sterling Heights Police Officers Association for a long time and it’s near and dear to my heart,” Heins said. “I told him I’d be more than willing to put in the drive time - they meet in Lansing typically every other month.”


Photo By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor
Michigan Association of Police (MAP) Executive Board recently re-elected board officers from left Treasurer Al Knapp of Waterford POA, Vice President Mike Hawkins of Trenton POA, Secretary Richard Day of Henry Ford Hospital and President Rich Heins of Sterling Heights POA. The four board officers were elected to one-year terms in December 2017.

The Michigan Association of Police Executive Board Members

Executive Officers


Richard Heins

Sterling Heights Police Department,

40333 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights MI 48313

Vice President:

Michael Hawkins

Trenton Police Department, 2872 W. Jefferson, Trenton MI 48183


Ricky Day

Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 West Grand Blvd, Detroit MI 48202


Al Knapp

Waterford Township Police Department, 5150 Civic Center Dr., Waterford MI 48329


Executive Director:

Fred Timpner
Michigan Association of Police
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083

Executive Administrator:

Julie Palmquist
Michigan Association of Police
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083