Commencement 2012

Ralph Godbee

Rutgers University is pleased to welcome Ralph L. Godbee Jr., chief of police of the Detroit Police Department, as convocation speaker for the School of Criminal Justice.

Godbee began his career with the Detroit Police Department on May 18, 1987, receiving top honors for academic performance and marksmanship from the Detroit Metropolitan Police Academy. Promotions in rank leading to his current position include sergeant, lieutenant, inspector, commander, deputy chief, and assistant chief. On July 22, 2010, he was elevated to chief of police by The Honorable Dave Bing, mayor of the city of Detroit.

Godbee is a lifelong resident of the city of Detroit and has a rich history of community and civic engagement with organizations such as the Inner Court Christian Center, pastor; National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives – Metro-Detroit Chapter, president; Detroit Police and Fire Pension Board, trustee; and Police Executive Research Forum, member of the Board of Directors. He also has served or is currently serving as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, Kingdom Alliance Covenant Fellowship, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Godbee earned a bachelor of applied science degree in criminal justice/law enforcement and a master of arts degree in organizational leadership from Siena Heights University. He also is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s School of Police Staff and Command and a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.


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