Westland Police dedicate city judge and prosecutor training center

The Westland Police Department recently dedicated its Police Community Training Center to two jurists who helped Westland become the community it is today: the Honorable Retired Judge C. Charles Bokos and the late city ​​attorney, Angelo A. Plakas.

The Police Department applied for and received a Michigan State Police JAG grant for the newly dedicated room to be used as a community police training center for youth academies, citizen academies, special needs open houses, community discussions, as well as specialized CALEA training on mental health first aid, fair and impartial policing, cultural diversity, de-escalation and many more.

C. Charles Bokos graduated from Wayne State University in 1961 with a BA, and in 1964 from Wayne State School of Law with LLM and Juris Doctor degrees. He was called to the Michigan State Bar in 1965 and began to practice general law.

Angelo A. Plakas, born and raised in Detroit, the son of Greek immigrants, graduated from the University of Detroit in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree. Plakas went on to become a history teacher at Plymouth Secondary School, where he was twice elected by students as ‘teacher of the year’. While teaching, Plakas enrolled in law school, took evening classes at Wayne State, and eventually graduated with a law degree in 1967.

In 1968, Bokos and Plakas formed a legal partnership rooted in mutual respect and which lasted almost 25 years. In 1976, Bokos was appointed Westland City Attorney, with Plakas as Deputy City Attorney, and the firm went on to represent the City of Westland in all of its legal matters, including the handling of prosecutions in the 18th Court of district.

In 1992, Bokos was appointed by the governor to the post of judge of the 18th District Court, where he was repeatedly re-elected and held that post until his retirement in 2012.

Plakas was appointed Westland City Attorney in 1992 and then represented Westland in a complicated lawsuit which saw the city receive significant public funding for the William P. Faust Public Library. Plakas was a city attorney until his death from cancer in 2010.

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Westland Mayor Bill Wild steps onto the podium at a recent dedication ceremony.

Between them, Judge Bokos and Plakas have five children, all of whom attend the same high school. Judge Bokos is Angelos’ daughter’s godfather, and five other lawyers who learned to practice law under the two men have gone on to become judges in different communities in Wayne County.

Milton S. Rodgers

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