Ralph Godbee http://michiganradio.org en Detroit's police chief 'retires' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-police-chief-retires <p>Mayor: Detroit police chief retires amid allegations of sex scandal involving subordinate.</p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing suspended Ralph Godbee following claims the city's police chief was involved in a sexual relationship with a subordinate.<br><br>Godbee was suspended last week after a lawyer for internal affairs officer Angelica Robinson revealed the two had been involved in a sexual relationship.<br><br>Godbee has not publicly commented on the claims.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:11:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek & The Associated Press 9408 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police Chief Godbee suspended over sex scandal http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chief-godbee-suspended-over-sex-scandal <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has suspended Police Chief Ralph Godbee.</p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT:115%;FONT-SIZE:16pt"><font face="Calibri">“After learning of the allegations regarding Chief Ralph Godbee, I have placed him on a 30-day suspension pending a full and thorough investigation of this matter," Bing said</font></span> in a statement released Tuesday.</p><p>The "allegations" come from a Detroit police officer, Angelica Robinson, who says she was sexually involved with Godbee.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 03:46:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9337 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police Chief Godbee suspended over sex scandal Detroit City Council rejects public safety millage proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-rejects-public-safety-millage-proposal <p>The Detroit City Council has <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120807/NEWS01/120807060/Detroit-City-Council-rejects-proposed-public-safety-tax?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">rejected an effort</a> to put a public safety millage on the November ballot.</p><p>The Detroit Police Department pushed hard for the five-year millage. It would have raised $56 million over five years to put 500 more &ldquo;boots on the ground,&rdquo; in Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee&rsquo;s words.</p><p>But the Council rejected the effort by a 7-2 vote.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 21:24:18 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8583 at http://michiganradio.org In wake of cuts, many Detroit police officers wonder about department's future http://michiganradio.org/post/wake-cuts-many-detroit-police-officers-wonder-about-departments-future <p>Rumors are running rampant in the Detroit Police Department after the city imposed a pay cut and changes to work rules on most officers.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to officers who spoke privately about what those changes will do to the city&rsquo;s long-troubled police force.</p><p>Just before Mayor Dave Bing imposed the new contract terms, including a 10 percent pay cut, <span class="st" dir="ltr">Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr.</span> praised his officers for their dedication.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:46:53 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8406 at http://michiganradio.org In wake of cuts, many Detroit police officers wonder about department's future Detroit will pay for extra cops at fireworks, asks for 'regional' support in the future http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-will-pay-extra-cops-fireworks-asks-regional-support-future <p>Suburban law enforcement officers will help Detroit Police keep the peace at this year&rsquo;s riverfront fireworks.</p><p>But city officials warn it&rsquo;s the last time the city will pick up the security tab for a major &ldquo;regional&rdquo; event.</p><p>&ldquo;We can&rsquo;t continue this way, with the financial condition that the city&rsquo;s in,&quot; Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis said Monday. &quot;Nor does it really make sense, in particular, for regional events&hellip;to not have the region help support those.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:32:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7923 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit will pay for extra cops at fireworks, asks for 'regional' support in the future More children claimed by Detroit violence http://michiganradio.org/post/more-children-claimed-detroit-violence <div class="grid_18" id="insideTDN"><div class="insideTDNWrapper"><p>Mayor Dave Bing is pleading with Detroiters to &ldquo;stop the madness&rdquo; after<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120227/METRO/202270428/Bing-Parents-need-step-up-stem-crime-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|img|FRONTPAGE"> another violent weekend in the city</a>.</p><p>Bing&rsquo;s plea comes after a shooting on the city&rsquo;s east side left a six-year-old boy critically injured.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 02:19:18 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6396 at http://michiganradio.org More children claimed by Detroit violence Chief says crime is down in Detroit, but murders up http://michiganradio.org/post/chief-says-crime-down-detroit-murders <p>Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee says the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120113/NEWS01/120113046/Detroit-police-serious-crime-drop?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">number of serious crimes in Detroit fell last year</a>&mdash;but the number of killings climbed.</p><p>Preliminary statistics show Detroit recorded 344 homicides in 2011. That&rsquo;s up about 12 percent from 2010, but roughly in line with the longer-term average.</p><p>&ldquo;We promised that we would reduce violent crime. Are we satisfied with homicide numbers? Absolutely not,&quot; Godbee says. &quot;But promises made, promises kept. We&rsquo;ve delivered on reducing violent crime.&rdquo;</p><p>Godbee credited his officers&rsquo; &ldquo;Herculean efforts&rdquo; to combat crime as department resources continue to shrink. He says the department is re-organizing to deal with that&mdash;including eliminating some desk jobs to put more officers on the streets.</p><p>Godbee also notes that Detroit Police have improved outreach and coordination with community, and the DPD is now about 80 percent compliant with a federal consent decree.</p><p>The department has been under federal oversight since 2003, for issues related to excessive force and prisoner treatment. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:00:40 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5791 at http://michiganradio.org Chief says crime is down in Detroit, but murders up Detroit Police moves put fewer officers in precincts, more on the streets http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-moves-put-fewer-officers-precincts-more-streets <p>Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee is <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120105/METRO01/201050460/Godbee-details-plan-telephone-reporting-non-emergency-calls?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">reorganizing his department </a>to try and put more officers on the streets.</p><p>To do that, Godbee is eliminating some desk positions and moving those officers out on patrol.</p><p>That means citizens will now report what police call &ldquo;non-emergency crimes&rdquo; to a Telephone Crime Reporting Unit&mdash;rather than directly to an officer.</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 01:11:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5668 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police moves put fewer officers in precincts, more on the streets Detroit Police and businesses launch new downtown security initiative http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-and-businesses-launch-new-downtown-security-initiative <p>Detroit Police and local businesses are teaming up for a new downtown security initiative.</p><p>Project Lighthouse involves more than 20 businesses in the city&rsquo;s central business district. They&rsquo;ll give police access to more than 300 private security cameras in the area.</p><p>Rick Fenton, Vice President of Corporate Security for Ilitch Holdings, says the initiative evolved out of private sector collaboration with federal agencies and police to monitor big downtown events.</p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:25:54 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3739 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police and businesses launch new downtown security initiative Detroit Police Chief says killings are up http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chief-says-killings-are <p>Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee says overall crime is down in the city. But he acknowledges that&rsquo;s overshadowed by a recent spike in homicides, almost all of them shootings.</p><p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110726/METRO01/107260450/Detroit%E2%80%99s-top-cop-links-homicide-rate-to-%E2%80%98risky-behaviors%E2%80%99">Detroit recorded 172 homicides</a> in the first half of this year. That&rsquo;s up 15% over last year.</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 03:53:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3476 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police Chief says killings are up Detroit Chief: No "critical, criminal" evidence left at shuttered crime lab http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-chief-no-critical-criminal-evidence-left-shuttered-crime-lab <pre> The Detroit Police Chief admits the department left its former crime lab in deplorable condition. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 01:25:04 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2699 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Chief: No "critical, criminal" evidence left at shuttered crime lab Detroit Police launch quarterly public meetings http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-launch-quarterly-public-meetings <pre> Detroit Police held the first of what they say will be quarterly community meetings Tuesday night. </pre> <pre> Police Chief Ralph Godbee says the meetings are a way to share up-to-date crime data with Detroit residents. </pre> <pre> Godbee says it&rsquo;s also a way for the police and citizens to exchange information, and start tackling the city&rsquo;s crime problem honestly. </pre> <blockquote> <pre> &nbsp;&ldquo;We have to engage the community in a meaningful way. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 03:09:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2235 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police launch quarterly public meetings Bing unveils incentives to make more Detroit police officers residents http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-unveils-incentives-make-more-detroit-police-officers-residents <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has rolled out <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110207/METRO/102070380/Bing%E2%80%99s-pitch-to-police--Move-to-city--get-house-for-$1-000">a new incentives program</a> for Detroit police officers.</p><p>“Project 14” aims to pull some officers living in the suburbs into city neighborhoods. The phrase refers to a Detroit police code that means things are “back to normal.”</p><p>Bing hopes to restore something like normality to Detroit neighborhoods by making more Detroit cops city residents. Fewer than half are right now.</p><p>The project’s pilot phase will give officers chance to get a tax-foreclosed home for up to a thousand dollars. They’ll also be eligible for federal funds to fix them up.</p><p>Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee calls moving to the city a “highly personal decision” for officers. But he thinks many will consider it.</p><blockquote><p>“I’ve fielded a number of calls to my office wondering what the incentives were. So now that they’ve been laid out I think we’re going to see a lot of officers take advantage of it.”</p></blockquote><p>Project 14 will initially offer 200 homes in two relatively stable Detroit neighborhoods.</p><p>Bing says the program also complements his <a href="http://detroitworksproject.com/">Detroit Works Project</a>, which aims to strengthen the city’s more viable communities. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 21:55:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1192 at http://michiganradio.org Bing unveils incentives to make more Detroit police officers residents Detroit Police Chief: We've ID'ed precinct gunman http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chief-weve-ided-precinct-gunman <p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110124/METRO01/101240375/Police-ID-gunman-in-Detroit-police-precinct-shooting">Detroit Police have identified 38-year-old Lamar Moore</a> as the man who wounded four officers with a shotgun at a northwest Detroit precinct Sunday.</p><p>Officers returned fire, killing Moore. The four wounded officers survived and are doing well.</p><p>Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee says police know one of Moore’s relatives is set to be sentenced for a double homicide, and was also a suspect in another crime.</p><p>But Godbee says it’s still too early to speculate about a motive.</p><blockquote><p>“To get into this individual’s mind…I wouldn’t venture to do that. Suffice it to say we still have a lot of investigative work to do.”</p></blockquote><p>Godbee says the department will immediately put metal detectors and other “interim security measures” in precincts.</p><p>He says the department will also mount a comprehensive investigation into new security protocols in the wake of the shooting. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 17:39:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 979 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police Chief: We've ID'ed precinct gunman Violent crime down in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/violent-crime-down-detroit <p>New FBI crime figures show Detroit’s violent crime rate dropped significantly in the first half of this year.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>FBI statistics show violent crimes in Detroit fell by about 8-percent from the first half of 2009.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The biggest reduction was in homicides (28%), which fell from 202 to 146. Robberies were also down about 9%.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The city did see jumps in rapes and arsons.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee attributes the crime drop to a "data-based approach” to police deployment, and building partnerships with the community.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 21:47:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 671 at http://michiganradio.org Violent crime down in Detroit