Detroit Police Department hires new diversity, equity and inclusion manager – The Detroit News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The Detroit Police Department has hired a new diversity, equity and inclusion executive manager, city officials announced Friday.

Mary Engelman, who previously was deputy director and interim director at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, is “tasked with creating a more inclusive environment, internally and externally, by improving diversity, equity and inclusion from the Office of the Chief to patrol officers through investments in the department, community events and more,” police said in a statement.

Police Chief James White, who formerly led the civil rights department, called Engelman’s selection “a game-changer for our community” and DPD.

“I’m a firm believer that we become better with a commitment to equal opportunity for all,” he said. “We are proud to welcome Mary to our team.”

Engelman, who has a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel University in Missouri and speaks multiple languages, has an extensive background in leadership, government affairs and community outreach as well as operations and budget management, according to the release.

Her professional affiliations include serving with the Michigan Women’s Commission, the Michigan Poverty Task Force and the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities committee, the police department said.

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