Officials say Detroit's police chief isn't certified as an officer in Michigan.

Dave Harvey is executive director of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. He tells The Detroit News ( ) the commission sent James Craig paperwork to become certified when he took command in July, but it hasn't been returned.

Detroit police spokeswoman Kelly Miner says in a statement that Craig plans to become certified as an officer in Michigan. Certification by the commission isn't required as police chief, but Miner says Craig plans to complete the process voluntarily.

The issue came up after Craig told residents attending a program Monday on how not to get carjacked that he barely avoided one in recent weeks. He said he drove away after someone ran toward his vehicle.