After nearly 27 years with NCPD, Krueger moves on
Posted on 07/22/2020
Cpt. Krueger holds his shadowbox of police badges and honors.Captain Dustin Krueger worked his last day in nearly 27 years at the Northville Police Department on Friday, July 21. An informal party of staff and friends was held outdoors under the awning of the Police Dept. entrance that day. Guests wore masks and practiced social distancing. Krueger’s wife, Claudia, who was on the Northville police force for 11 years, and former Police Chiefs Mike Carlson and Jim Petres were among the guests.

Chief Alan Maciag commended Krueger for his service, his contributions to the department, and for his work with the people of Northville. He thanked him for staying beyond his planned retirement in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, he served as interim police chief from July to December and was named “Police Officer of the Year” by his peers. Sgt. Greg Hannewald was promoted to captain following Krueger’s retirement.

Krueger received official proclamations from Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki and State Rep. Matthew Koleszar. Krueger said he was humbled by the attention and had mixed feelings about leaving, knowing he would miss the job and the people he interacted with. He said, “I’m not who I am because I’m a police officer. I’m a police officer because of who I am.”

Many residents have come in contact with Krueger over the years and recognize his compassionate nature when dealing with car accidents, drug overdoses and other situations where people are harmed; and his steadfastness and professionalism in handling crimes.

He was a trainer in the department both for officers and for staff safety measures. It was common for Krueger to visit staff offices and leave behind some mini candy bars. True to form, after his departure, staff found small bags of candy on their desks. A sweet goodbye!

Rep. Koleszar and Cpt. Krueger
A toast to Cpt. Krueger
Top: State Rep. Matt Koleszar presented the retiring caption with a proclamation; Bottom: Former City Council Member Nancy Darga leads a toast to Cpt. Krueger.
Photos by Liz Cezat.