DPD sergeant promoted to lieutenant at his funeral

James David Dickson, and George Hunter

Sgt. Kevin Miller, the late 29-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department who died while at work late last month, was named a lieutenant by Police Chief James Craig at his funeral Thursday morning, police said.

Detroit Police Lt. Kevin Miller

Gov. Rick Snyder ordered flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff in honor of Miller’s funeral, and encouraged businesses, schools and private institutions to do the same. Miller, 49, was assigned to the 11th precinct at the time of his death on June 29, but had served in a number of capacities over the years.

Miller’s funeral was Thursday at Greater Grace Temple on West Seven Mile.

Craig said Miller’s leadership left a mark on him.

“I’m thinking about establishing the Kevin D. Miller School of Leadership for supervisors,” Craig said. “He was courageous, and he took stands some people were not going to like, whether it was fighting for officers’ pay and benefits, to questioning city leaders about the state of our schools.

“He was one of our supervisors who made a difference in how we work in our neighborhoods. He took the test (to become a lieutenant), and so I felt it fitting to honor his memory and his commitment to the city to promote him.

“This is a man who cared deeply about the rank and file of the Detroit Police Department, and the citizens we serve. He wasn’t someone who worked for me; we worked together to accomplish the same goals. I’ve always had an open-door policy, and Kevin took advantage of that. He never wanted to talk about himself; it was always advocating for others. He exuded the kind of leadership I strive for in this department.”


Staff writer George Hunter contributed