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Chief Neal Rossow, Retired


Chief Neal A. Rossow is a 36 -year police veteran, who retired as the Captain of Support Services with the Port Huron (MI) Police Department in 2006. He was appointed the Chief of Police for the City of Flat Rock (MI) in February 2008.  In April 2014, Chief Rossow retired from the City of Flat Rock to focus on The Rossow Group and sharing his extensive experience with others.  

He began his police career as a police cadet with Port Huron and then as a patrol officer for the Marine City Police Department from 1978-1981. He was hired by the Port Huron Police Department in 1981 and spent his career as a police officer, sergeant, and lieutenant, working in patrol until being promoted to Captain. He served in various capacities during that time including; F.T.O., FTO Coordinator, Range Master, Chief Use of Force Instructor, Bicycle Patrol Officer and Supervisor, Accreditation Manager, Explorer Advisor, and background investigator. 

Chief Rossow holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 212) and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command (Class 86). 

Neal was an instructor with the Macomb Police Academy from 1992 to 2008, teaching topics that include; ethics, traffic stops, cultural awareness, firearms, and use of force issues. In addition, he was the 

original Subject Control Coordinator at Macomb. He was the director of Macomb’s Center for Police Management and Leadership Studies from 2001 to 2008. The “Center” is a management and leadership educational program for police executives. Neal has been an adjunct faculty member at the St. Clair County Community College for 20 years. He has presented at various conferences and seminars including the Michigan Police Executive Development Seminar and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. In addition, he has conducted police training in Michigan, Ontario, and across the United States. 

Chief Rossow was a member of three Subject Matter Expert groups for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Two of the groups focused on the Subject Control Continuum and the third focused on the ethics standard for police officers. 

Chief Rossow teaches topics that include leadership, supervision, ethics, mentoring, and team building. 

Neal has been married to his wife Diana for 24 years. Diana also retired from the Port Huron Police Department with 29 years of service. They have three grown sons, Brandon (28), Adam (22), and Eric (20). 

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