Women in Blue

July 21, 2020

8:30 am - 9:30 am

The 7th Annual Women in Blue Celebration has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 21st.


In order to follow social distancing guidelines and ensure a safe event, we will be hosting a very small, private event for the Women in Blue nominees, their guests, a few sponsors, our speaker and department leadership. We invite everyone to join us for the event virtually by watching Facebook Live on the Detroit Police Facebook Page and the Detroit Public Safety Foundation Facebook Page. You can watch the event live from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21st.


The Honorable Bridget Mary McCormack, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, will serve as the keynote speaker. Chief James E. Craig and Commissioner Eric Jones will present the winners of the prestigious Women in Blue Officer of the Year and Detroit Fire Department Woman of the Year awards.


We are proud to recognize this year's nominees:

  • Lieutenant Kimberly Gabriel - DPD

  • Lieutenant Tonya Leonard-Gilbert - DPD

  • Sergeant Dana Russell - DPD

  • Corporal Sandra Chavez - DPD

  • Corporal Tracey Miller - DPD

  • Lieutenant Cristina Floristeanu - EMS

  • Sr Assistant Fire Dispatcher Antoinette Smith - DFD Communications

  • Paramedic Erica Sobolewski - EMS

  • Sergeant Elizabeth Szmrecsanyi - DFD

  • Fire Engine Operator Trenece Tolliver - DFD


We do not have any additional seats available to attend the event. However, we will still be accepting sponsorships and would appreciate support for this event and our mission.


Women in Blue is an inspiring and uplifting event. We look forward to sharing the stories of these female leaders who are dedicated to serving others with compassion and care. We hope you will join us for the celebration on Facebook Live!

2019 Women in Blue Award Recipients

Keynote Speaker - Honorable Bridget Mary McCormack, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court

Despite being one of the hardest hit cities in the country with regard to COVID-19, the City of Detroit, the people of Detroit, and Detroit's first-responders are showing their strength. From the outpouring of donations to support our first-responders to their daily sacrifices that continue to keep the city safe, we know that COVID-19 can't stop the Spirit of Detroit. We are #DetroitStrong. We are #DPDStrong.


This new shirt was inspired by that sentiment and can be worn to show your support of the City and Police Department that you love. All proceeds support the Detroit Public Safety Foundation and our mission to support Detroit's first-responders, especially with the new needs surrounding COVID-19.

Our Mission:

The Detroit Public Safety Foundation is dedicated to creating a better future by improving the health, safety and welfare of citizens and visitors to Detroit through support of Detroit Police, Fire and EMS through technology, training, equipment, community outreach and wellness.

“Since 2003, Detroit Public Safety Foundation has served as a signature example of what communities can accomplish through public-private partnerships."
                                                                                                                                        Mayor Mike Duggan    
                                                                                                                                      City of Detroit

“The Detroit Public Safety Foundation has been an invaluable tool and priceless commodity for our Department.  They have been instrumental in facilitating many programs and providing numerous grants without which the success we have experienced as a Police Department would not have been possible.“
                                                                                                                                       James E. Craig
                                                                                                                                       Chief of Police

“The members of the Detroit Fire Department risk life and limb daily, responding to emergencies. The wear and tear on equipment is enormous and sometimes requires immediate repair or replacement so that these brave men and women can continue their mission of saving lives and property. The Detroit Public Safety Foundation has assisted our department without fail whenever a request is made.”

                                                                                                                                        Eric Jones
                                                                                                                                        Executive Fire Commissioner

Detroit Public Safety Foundation

1301 3rd Street, Suite 547

Detroit, MI 48226 

Office: 313-628-2169


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