Plan to restructure Detroit Police Department announced - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

Plan to restructure Detroit Police Department announced

Posted: Updated:
(Credit: WJBK|myFOXDetroit.com) Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (Credit: WJBK|myFOXDetroit.com) Detroit Mayor Dave Bing

By Alexis Wiley
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- Detroit's chief of police is shifting resources.  Wednesday, Interim Chief Chester Logan and Mayor Dave Bing unveiled a new plan to fight crime in the city.

The goal is to get as many of the department's officers out of the precincts and on the streets either patrolling neighborhoods or investigating crimes.

"A lot of the printed media is you can't walk down the street in the city of Detroit.  Nothing could be farther from the truth," says Bing.

Unless you're Cassandra Taylor.

"I stay close to home.  I don't venture out very much because of all the carjackings.  It doesn't happen just at night anymore.  It's all during the day, early morning, afternoons, it doesn't matter."

She lives in a neighborhood on Detroit's west side near Seven Mile where gangs are taking a toll and crime is a reality.

"A lot of B&Es and I've been hearing about a lot of murders going on over here, like unsolved murders," says another resident.

DPD is eliminating specialized units like Gang Squad and TAC Mobile and putting them back on patrol.  Logan says that will mean about 100 or more officers back on the streets.

"We want to make sure that every person who could be put on patrol is in patrol," he explains.

The department is also beefing up its homicide division, doubling the number of detectives without making any new hires.

Taylor says she's glad there will be more officers on patrol, but the idea of losing Gang Squad just as gangs in her neighborhood are gaining strength has her worried.

"They know how to decipher what all this graffiti means.  I guess that's how the gangs tag their territory, and they know how to decipher who is where and whatever," she says.  "I definitely would not like to see them disbanded."

"The idea is and the mindset is now with Gang Squad being decentralized, put back to the commands, the commanders know exactly what the issues are in their respective districts and precincts," says Commander Frankie Lewis.

The first phase of this plan will take effect at the beginning of March.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
  • Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:14:26 GMT
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices