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Detroit Police Release New Plan For Reducing Summer Crime

The Detroit Police Department issued a "Community Safety Strategy" that details plans to reduce violent crime by ten percent, identifying high-risk police officers, and respond more effectively to citizen complaints, The Detroit News reports. The plan includes a focus on illegal drag racing, prostitution, robbery, gang activity, and shootings at large parties gatherings. In the 244-page plan, Police Chief James White cites the "Broken Windows" theory of policing, which maintains that crime flourishes in blighted areas. White announced that there would be a renewed focus on "closely monitoring vacant lots and abandoned or neglected buildings." White is also concerned with crime resulting from the city's "party atmosphere," including loud music, vehicles blocking streets, and hundreds of people gathering without a permit under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He said the city will be enforcing some ordinances, including those related to noise, more aggressively.


White also said that the police department will implement new methods for officer accountability and training. That plan states that "High risk [officers] . . . will be closely monitored utilizing the body worn camera system and periodic on-scene observation of the officer’s interaction with the public." It goes on to say that "The review of positive and/or negative encounters will be reviewed with the [officer] with reinforcement or corrective discussions designed to mentor and guide the [officer] with teachable moments when applicable." The city will expand its partnership with Ceasefire Detroit, a partnership between Detroit and the U.S. Department of Justice that works to provide job training and other services to gang members. So far, the city has reported a 15 percent reduction in homicides compared with the same period in 2021.

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