Philip Arreola 1989-1996
Philip Arreola became the first chief of the modern era to be appointed from outside the Department and also was the first Chief of Hispanic heritage. Chief Arreola served on the Detroit, Michigan Police Department for 27 years, attaining the rank of Commander. He also served as Chief of the Port Huron, Michigan Police Department before being named Chief in Milwaukee.
Chief Arreola is an attorney, having received his Juris Doctor Degree from Wayne State University in 1985 and he is also a 1977 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations' National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Chief Arreola is a strong advocate of the philosophy of community oriented policing, which promotes stronger relationships between officers and citizens, as well as the use of creative problem solving techniques. Metcalfe Park, the Harambee Project and Avenues West are examples of Community Oriented Policing Demonstration Projects that serve as "laboratories" in which community oriented policing can be refined for eventual implementation on a city-wide basis