Commander Don Helvey

Commander Don Helvey oversees the Investigative Services Division as well as Internal Affairs.  He was appointed to the Taylor Police Department in February 1987, rising to the rank of Commander in 2002, making him second in command to the chief of police.

He has served the department in a variety of assignments, working his way through all aspects of the Investigative Services Division.

Helvey worked patrol until his assignment to the Crime Prevention Unit in 1992 and was then assigned to the Detective Bureau a year later.  Helvey worked as a detective for five years, handling a variety of case assignments, until his promotion to sergeant in 1998.

With the promotion to sergeant, Helvey was reassigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor until being asked to take over the Youth Bureau in 1999.

Helvey continued to climb the ranks and in June of 2000, he was promoted to lieutenant and placed in charge of the Detective Bureau.  His duties included being assigned to Administration, while still overseeing the Investigative Services Division, as well as handling Internal Affairs and Liquor Control.

In June of 2002, Helvey was promoted to his current rank of Commander and remained in charge of Investigative Services, Internal Affairs and Liquor Control.

Commander Helvey’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelors Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University.   

Further, Commander Helvey is a 2008 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy 234th Session.  He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command; Macomb Community college Center for Police Management and Leadership Studies; and  the Mid-Michigan Community College Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute.

A highly respected veteran of the force, Helvey has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards.

Commander Helvey resides in Taylor with his wife and five sons.

Cmdr. Helvey can be reached by email at