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Detroit One Crime Initiative Targets Gun Violence

March 26, 2013  | 

Photo via TFHall313/Flickr.
Photo via TFHall313/Flickr.

Detroit's elected and law enforcement leaders hope to reduce gun-related violence in the shattered city by 25% this year through targeted enforcement and agency cooperation.

The Detroit One initiative "emphasizes a unified approach" to public safety, Mayor Dave Bing said at a Thursday press conference. The initiative is patterned on a similar program that reduced homicides in Washington, D.C., from a high of 479 in the 1990s to 88 in 2012. Detroit recorded 411 homicides in 2012.

"This level of cooperation will help us to monitor and bring to justice the worst of the worst offenders," said interim Police Chief Chester Logan. "Detroit One will be a very valuable addition to the restructuring initiatives already underway within the Detroit Police Department."

The initiative will bring together authorities from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Governor's Office, Michigan State Police, and Michigan Department of Corrections.

Participating federal agencies include the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, Michigan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and the U.S. Marshal's Service.

As part of Detoit One, Michigan troopers and ATF agents will conduct regular patrols within the city limits.

"Detroit One will expand the impact of law enforcement efforts throughout the metropolitan area," said Michigan State Police Captain Monica Yesh.

On Monday, eight corporations pledged $8 million to modernize the city's public safety vehicles, including providing 100 new patrol vehicles to the department.

Comments (6)

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Billy @ 3/26/2013 5:39 PM

I appluad the idea, but none of this will do any good unless offenders ARE prosecuted, receive maximum sentences and serve hard time. Quick and sure justice is the key.

Jim A @ 3/27/2013 1:22 AM

So let me get this straight. They cannot afford their own officers so lay them off. Then they ask for the State Police and ATF to come in and do "patrol" to assist in handling the crime issues? I think something is amiss. Who can do "Patrol" any better than your own sufficiently-manned staff of officers? The State has their own issues. ATF has their own issues. They will pass through and be onto their own issues.

cm @ 3/27/2013 5:24 AM

They have done the same thing in Flint, Mi. Laid patrol officers off and then have the State Police and Sheriff Dept come in and take the high profile glory calls. Before we had a mass lay offs, you couldn't get either agency to come inside the city. Now they act like they own it. I understand they are just doing what they are told to do, but don't step on the officers that were doing this job long before anyone came to our rescue.

Rick @ 3/27/2013 8:56 AM

Project Exhile, a program started by the NRA and working with the US Attorney, is quite effective at reducing gun crime and putting criminals in jail using existing laws. CCW for citizens if also effective at reducing crime; once a few thugs get shot.

John @ 3/27/2013 6:39 PM

So obviously they want to diminsh the Detroit PD and bring in/use other agencies that are, for some reason, more to their liking. I wonder what the true answer is for this obvious preferential move? Did the Detroit PD refuse to submit to their "Special Master", (their name for it, not mine I assure you), from the DOJ/Washington D.C./White House?

Trigger @ 3/28/2013 4:48 AM

Detroit, Flint, Saginaw are in fininacial messes as all three relied heavily on the automotive industry for tax/economic bases. cm you brought up an interesting point however you missed the issue. As professional courtesy you will find (at least where I work) is that the city pd handles the city unless assistance is requested. The state police handles a bigger area and the sheriff's office has their county and corrections responsibililties. When a city or county lay off their officers who else can come and take over the enforcement responsibilies. This is not always pretty but it is an necessary evil. Trust me I have been down that road. If the politics can be removed life is much better.

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