Chief of Police Fred Alan Posavetz

Chief of Police Fred Alan Posavetz

Clinton Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, March 22, 2021

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Fred Alan Posavetz

Chief of Police Fred Posavetz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Chief Posavetz had served with the Clinton Township Police Department for 41 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 41 years
  • Badge 65

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, February 12, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease, FBI National Academy

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My first memory of Fred Posavetz was him swooping in with his K9 partner Nando to apprehend a career criminal who bailed out of his car I was chasing during my rookie year, 1990. My final memory is playing the pipes at his funeral service in 2021. In between those events, over three decades, Fred always greeted me with a genuine smile and spent time speaking with me. He was an excellent leader and a great man. Everyone misses him dearly.

Lieutenant James Disser #924 (Retired)
Mount Clemens Police Department

May 11, 2022

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