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Video: Detroit Eliminates Gang, Tactical Units

January 23, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Detroit Eliminates Gang, Tactical Units

The Detroit Police Department will eliminate its gang and tactical units to add about 100 officers to homicide, criminal investigations and traffic enforcement, the city announced Wednesday.

The officers redeployed to homicide should increase the city's ability to close investigations and better link gun-related crimes in the city, according to the statement.

Eliminating the gang squad won't negatively impact the city's ability to police gangs, officials said, because "intelligence gathering will continue and will be better communicated in a decentralized format," according to the statement.

Read the full Detroit News story.

Comments (5)

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Tom Ret @ 1/24/2013 6:21 PM

Increasing traffic enforcement while you are drowning in violent crime is a good allocation of resources?

USA @ 1/24/2013 6:31 PM

Traffic enforcement?? Its all about making money, sadly. This will not only make the streets less safe for citizens, but further endangers LEOs in an already crime ridden area. $$ :(

Billy @ 1/25/2013 12:47 AM

First time I visited Detroit, the LEO that was showing me around that night drove up to a red light, slowed slightly, then accelerated through the intersection. I was told, "Around here, we don't stop for traffic lights at night, you'll get shot or jacked." So yes, it sounds like they need more traffic enforcement!

hank hill @ 1/25/2013 2:32 AM

what a bunch of pc crap! the ganges won big time! they should put more leos on the job insted!

Marshal @ 2/4/2013 5:53 AM

Maybe supervisors need to be getting out and handling calls and doing patrol instead of moving around the officers that are already over worked. I am a firm believer in no matter how big a department is that all of the supervisors including command staff needs to be out there doing something. How do you really know what is going on out there and how your people perform when you never step out of the office except to go home? I guess watching the news and reading the paper may get you the needed information but when you forget where you came from then you aren't a good leader.

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