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50 Badges: Ferndale Police Det. Brendan Moore – Michigan

Michigan officer uses singing talent to benefit others

By Dan Campana

Like many, the idea of becoming a police officer sparked early for Ferndale Police Det. Brendan Moore.

He wrote about being a police officer for a class during his freshman year of high school and never looked back. During those formative years, Moore also discovered his talent as a singer, and he participated in choir, madrigals and school musicals.

But, following his plan meant enlisting in the Air Force security police after graduation – leaving his singing days behind him.

“I did a lot singing before and after the Air Force. I stopped when I was hired as a cop due to the work schedule and having kids. When the kids grew up, I had more time so I started singing again after a 25-year break,” Moore explained.

Moore spent four-and-a-half years in the Air Force before being hired by the department in his hometown of Ferndale. In his 31st year, he’s been in the detective bureau for the last 19 years.

“When I started, I thought it would be a good job to be a cop, wear the uniform and drive a scout car. As time went on, it really started to mean more,” Moore said. “I grew up in Ferndale and I really enjoyed helping people of my community.”

Moore acknowledges he “just plain missed” singing, which is why he started up again in the last decade. Then things started to cross over a bit.

“My Chief saw that there was a contest to sing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game to earn $10,000 for the police department. I didn’t win the first year (2014), but won the second year (2015),” Moore recalled. “My co-workers thought singing the anthem at the Tigers games was pretty cool.”

The money went to support a youth assistance program and help re-establish the department’s bike patrol. Moore, dubbed “the singing detective by a local website,” wasn’t done using his voice to help others. Last year, he recorded a Christmas CD with the intention of raising money for a Detroit-based charity which supports hundreds of local food pantries, homeless shelters and other social service agencies.

The CD, at $10 each, raised enough money to provide approximately 14,000 meals.

“I think it is very important to support charities. There are too many people less fortunate than me and need help. I wanted to do the Christmas album to help the hungry,” Moore offered, noting he received some light-hearted teasing from colleagues about the album. “It occurred to me that if God lets me sing, then thank God by helping feed his people.”

Moore recognizes plenty of good has come from his years on the job.

“Being able to drive around and look for people who need help, trying to keep the community safe, is a great way to make a living,” he explained. “Of course, putting criminals in jail is pretty good, too. Helping people and putting criminals in jail can give you a good sense of accomplishment.

“I love my job and have never regretted a day of it. Even though I’m at the tail end of my career, I can look back and know I made the right choice,” Moore said.

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