DEARBORN — Retired Police Reserve Officer Allen Konkel was recognized by Police Chief Ronald Haddad for his 24 years of service to the city’s police reserve program.
While in attendance at a recent neighborhood association meeting, Haddad met Konkel and learned about his service to the community.
The 75-year-old Dearborn resident was sworn in as a police reserve almost 50 years ago in December 1968.
“It’s better late than never,” Haddad said about honoring Konkel on Jan. 23.
Konkel served in a time without all the technology and innovations police use today. Things like in-car computers, smart phones, stun guns and Nixle were not around when Konkel was a reserve officer.
During his time as a reserve officer Konkel was recognized numerous times from multiple police chefs and mayors. He retired from police service in 1992.
“Mr. Konkel epitomizes the ideal of selfless and dedication and it gives me great pleasure to recognize his long history of service today,” Haddad said.
Along with his service to Dearborn, Konkel also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 31 years.
“The Dearborn Police Reserve Program is a great way for anyone to provide volunteer contributions to our community,” Haddad said.
Anyone interested in joining the program can call the Dearborn training bureau at 313-943-2213.