Detroit Police http://michiganradio.org en After one year on the job, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the department is turning around http://michiganradio.org/post/after-one-year-job-detroit-police-chief-james-craig-said-department-turning-around <p></p><p>It has been exactly one year since James Craig returned to his hometown as Detroit’s 42nd police chief. He was hired by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The city was not the city I had left,” Chief Craig said.</span></p><p>Chief Craig came back to a city facing bankruptcy - a city with soaring crime rates, response times of 58 minutes, police precincts that were not open to citizens after 4 p.m., and uniformed officers who were demoralized and spread thin working 12 hour shifts.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:29:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 18219 at http://michiganradio.org After one year on the job, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the department is turning around Report: Detroit's elected leaders need policies for future "non-official" interactions with police http://michiganradio.org/post/report-detroits-elected-leaders-need-policies-future-non-official-interactions-police <p>Detroit’s elected leaders are being advised to come up with a policy for how to deal with “non-official” interactions with city police officers, after a stop involving a Detroit city councilman.</p><p></p><p>Last January, Detroit city councilman George Cushingberry's was stopped by a city police officer.</p><p></p><p>There was marijuana and an empty alcohol bottle in the car. A passenger in the car was a medical marijuana patient and Cushingberry was not given a sobriety test.</p><p></p><p>Cushingberry entered a guilty plea in March to driving above the speed limit.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18081 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Detroit's elected leaders need policies for future "non-official" interactions with police Detroit’s comeback needs to include those left behind in the city http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-s-comeback-needs-include-those-left-behind-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past year, for the first time in decades, people in the suburbs, in Lansing, and across America are thinking about Detroit.</span></p><p>Everybody has had to face that Detroit is broken, hopelessly in debt, largely a shattered ruin, and that city services, the schools and so much else doesn’t work.</p><p>For many years, everyone knew things were bad, but nobody did much about it.</p><p>The political class running the city denied the extent of the problem and did not welcome outside intervention. The rest of us mostly said, fine.</p><p>Now, however, things are very different.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:48:06 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17649 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit’s comeback needs to include those left behind in the city Most of Detroit's abandoned rape kits still haven't been tested http://michiganradio.org/post/most-detroits-abandoned-rape-kits-still-havent-been-tested <p></p><p>Five years ago, 11,000 rape kits were discovered abandoned in a Detroit police warehouse. That discovery sparked outrage.&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, only about 2,000 of the kits have undergone DNA testing.</p><p>Why? And what's the broader message sent out to victims of rape? Does it make it seem like they don't matter?</p><p>Rebecca Campbell is a professor of community psychology and program evaluation at Michigan State University. She was brought on board by the National Institute of Justice to evaluate how these Detroit rape kits were handled.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:27:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17528 at http://michiganradio.org Most of Detroit's abandoned rape kits still haven't been tested This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have http://michiganradio.org/post/doing-more-damage-detroit-hundred-drug-murders-could-have <p>By now, millions know the story.</p><p>Thirteen days ago, on the east side of Detroit, a ten-year-old boy darted in front of a truck driven by a middle-aged tree trimmer named Steven Utash. He couldn’t help hitting the child, whose leg was broken.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Utash<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> got out to check on the boy, a mob beat him so severely he nearly died. He was in a medically-induced coma for days, and may end up with permanent brain damage.</span></p><p>All that is horrifying enough, but there is one additional terrible detail which is the main reason the story has gotten national attention.</p><p>The tree trimmer was white. His assailants were all black. And I can tell you that this is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have. This may be more devastating to the city than Kwame Kilpatrick ever was. People are used to crooked politicians of all colors, shapes and sizes. Detroit had white mayors who wound up in prison long before Kilpatrick was born. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:29:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17230 at http://michiganradio.org This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have Detroit chief: Death threat shows drug trafficking crackdown works http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-chief-death-threat-shows-drug-trafficking-crackdown-works <p>DETROIT – Detroit's police chief says a death threat against him on a social media site shows that his department's crackdown on drug trafficking is cutting into the profits of criminals.<br /><br />James Craig held a news conference Sunday to discuss the threat uncovered Friday. He declines to say where the threat was posted but says it included a photo of a handgun.<br /><br />The police chief says his department has conducted five large-scale drug sweeps since July as well as an average of 35 drug house raids each week.<br /> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:51:25 +0000 The Associated Press 16569 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit chief: Death threat shows drug trafficking crackdown works Fourth grader sworn in as Detroit Police Chief for the day http://michiganradio.org/post/fourth-grader-sworn-detroit-police-chief-day <p>Detroit's Police Chief for the day is nine year old Jayvon&nbsp;Felton - a fourth grader who is fighting leukemia, but one day hopes to fight crime as a Detroit Police Officer.</p><p>This morning&nbsp;Jayvon made his way to work by helicopter, taking a ride from Coleman A. Young International Airport, over Belle Isle, Comerica&nbsp;Park and the Ambassador Bridge. Upon his arrival, he was greeted by a group of Detroit Police Officers, Felton's classmates from Roberto Clemente Academy, and Detroit Police Chief James Craig.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:13:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16261 at http://michiganradio.org New report details 'abusive' surveillance of former Detroit police commissioner http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-details-abusive-surveillance-former-detroit-police-commissioner <p>The former chairman of Detroit’s Police Board of Commissioners was<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140122/METRO01/301220087/Detroit-IG-accuses-ex-police-chief-wasting-resources-abusing-authority?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> the target of inappropriate surveillance</a>, according to a new report.</p><p>The report, from Detroit’s <a href="https://www.detroitmi.gov/DepartmentsandAgencies/OfficeofInspectorGeneral.aspx">Office of Inspector General</a>, confirms that Jerome Warfield was the subject of police surveillance on “multiple occasions” in early 2013.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16144 at http://michiganradio.org New report details 'abusive' surveillance of former Detroit police commissioner Detroit police chief issues '2014 Plan of Action' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chief-issues-2014-plan-action <p>DETROIT (AP) - Chief James Craig has placed a 10-percent drop in overall crime, 5-minute response time for priority calls to 911 and more solved homicides among this year's goals for Detroit's police force.<br /><br />Craig released his 2014 Plan of Action on Thursday and is making it available to residents on the city's website.<br /><br />The department also will hire 150 new officers by mid-year and deploy detectives in each of the city's 12 police precincts.<br /> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:53:51 +0000 The Associated Press 15967 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit police chief issues '2014 Plan of Action' Police Chief: Detroit crime down in 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/police-chief-detroit-crime-down-2013 <p>Detroit’s <a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/24347862/by-the-numbers-detroits-2013-violent-crime-statistics">crime rate fell slightly in 2013</a>, according to data released by the city’s police department Thursday.</p><p>Detroit recorded 333 criminal homicides last year, down from 386 in 2012.</p><p>Non-fatal shootings also declined, though there were still well over 1,100 of them.</p><p>Overall, violent crime declined by 7%, and property crime was down by the same amount.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15869 at http://michiganradio.org Police Chief: Detroit crime down in 2013 Is Detroit's 'stop and frisk' policy unconstitutional? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-stop-and-frisk-policy-unconstitutional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge recently called the New York City police force’s ‘stop and frisk’ practice unconstitutional and discriminatory.</span></p><p>Detroit’s ‘stop and frisk’ policy is based on the same advice of consultants at the Manhattan Institute who advised New York.</p><p>Despite the judge’s findings, Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the ‘stop and frisk’ in will continue and that the police in Detroit adhere to the best policing practices as called for under a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has called on the Detroit Police to end the practice. In a three page letter the ACLU called ‘stop and frisk’ a prescription for an avoidable local disaster.</span></p><p>Mark Fancher of the ACLU joined us today. Click on the link above to listen to our conversation with him.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:42:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 14568 at http://michiganradio.org Is Detroit's 'stop and frisk' policy unconstitutional? Civil rights groups "wave the red flag" about stop-and-frisk in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/civil-rights-groups-wave-red-flag-about-stop-and-frisk-detroit <p>A coalition of civil rights groups is concerned about the Detroit Police adopting some controversial tactics.</p><p>The department is <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130819/METRO01/308190024">training officers to perform “stop and frisk”</a> procedures during routine traffic stops.</p><p>Police officials call it “proactive policing.” But civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union worry it could cross a constitutional line.</p><p>A federal judge recently found a New York City version of that program used racial profiling, and ruled it unconstitutional.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:48:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14299 at http://michiganradio.org Civil rights groups "wave the red flag" about stop-and-frisk in Detroit $8 million gift nets Detroit new police, EMS vehicles http://michiganradio.org/post/8-million-gift-nets-detroit-new-police-ems-vehicles <p>Detroit has a substantial number of brand-new police and EMS vehicles—and they come as a donation from the city’s business community.</p><p>Some of Detroit’s most prominent business people <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130822/METRO01/308220050/Detroit-rolls-out-new-public-safety-vehicles?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">ponied up $8 million worth of new vehicles</a> to the city through the Downtown Detroit Partnership.</p><p>One of the biggest donors—automotive retailer and racing magnate Roger Penske.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:09:54 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14111 at http://michiganradio.org $8 million gift nets Detroit new police, EMS vehicles Detroit Police look to boost ranks with hiring fair http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-look-boost-ranks-hiring-fair <p>The Detroit Police Department is <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/08/detroit_seeks_recruits_to_poli.html">looking to boost its ranks.</a></p><p>The department is holding a recruiting fair for the first time in almost decade at its downtown public safety headquarters Saturday.</p><p>Police Chief James Craig says when he started the job last month, he found out there was funding to add 60 officers. But there weren’t enough recruits.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:46:50 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14034 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit Police changes, childhood obesity, and custody case http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-police-changes-childhood-obesity-and-custody-case <p><strong>Detroit Police Department prepares for big changes</strong></p><p>Detroit Police Chief James Craig intends to introduce a large departmental reorganization, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chief-promises-massive-reorganization-revives-gang-intelligence">reports </a>Michigan Radio’s Sara Cwiek.&nbsp; Craig announced last week that he will restore a version of the department’s gang squad. &nbsp;Many administrative jobs will be filled by civilians so that more officers can return to field work.</p><p><strong>CDC says obesity down among Michigan children</strong></p><p>According to a new Center for Disease Control study fewer Michigan children qualify as obese.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/report-obesity-rate-michigan-pre-schoolers-improving">reports</a> that the obesity rate among low-income preschool children dropped from 13.9% in 2008 to 13.2% in 2011.&nbsp; Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for obesity rates.</p><p><strong>Michigan Supreme Court returns custody to foster family</strong></p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered that four children be returned to their foster family,<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-says-children-custody-battle-will-stay-foster-family"> reports</a> Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta.&nbsp; Custody was awarded to their grandmother last year by the Michigan Court of Appeals because state law gives automatic preference to relatives when parental rights are terminated.&nbsp; The Supreme Court said that the children should be returned to the foster family until it makes a decision whether to hear the appeal. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:00:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13910 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit Police changes, childhood obesity, and custody case Detroit Police Chief promises massive reorganization, revives "gang intelligence" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chief-promises-massive-reorganization-revives-gang-intelligence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Detroit Police Chief James Craig says he’s in the midst of a <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130808/METRO01/308080119/Craig-plans-overhaul-Detroit-s-police-department-rips-command-staff?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">sweeping departmental reorganization</a>.</p><p>He’s also thinking about reviving a version of the department’s gang squad. That unit disbanded in March amidst great controversy.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:09:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13909 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police Chief promises massive reorganization, revives "gang intelligence" Detroit program employs off-duty cops to maintain safe neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-program-employs-duty-cops-maintain-safe-neighborhood <p>The Jefferson Corridor in Detroit is home to the Clean and Safe program.</p><p>The program was created in part by the organization formerly known as the Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA). JEBA&nbsp;recently merged with the East Jefferson Corridor Collaboration to form the Jefferson East Inc.</p><p>The program is aimed at reducing crime in the Jefferson Corridor by taking advantage of a special program that allows off-duty Detroit police officers to be hired during their off-hours. The officers are armed, uniformed, and use&nbsp;DPD&nbsp;squad cars, at no extra cost to taxpayers. Cops who have seniority and a clean record are eligible.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:00:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13755 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit program employs off-duty cops to maintain safe neighborhood Two real cops arrested in Detroit "police impersonation" armed robbery http://michiganradio.org/post/two-real-cops-arrested-detroit-police-impersonation-armed-robbery <p>Two police officers now find themselves on the other side of the law, accused of armed robbery.</p><p>A 20-year Detroit police sergeant and a colleague from suburban Saint Clair Shores <a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/22949343/second-officer-arrested-in-fake-cop-robberies">allegedly used their badges to rob and assault two customers</a> at an east side Detroit gas station earlier this month.</p><p>The men pulled in a black pick-up truck equipped with sirens. Guns drawn and badges visible, they detained, searched and allegedly stole items, including cash, from the victims.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:24:29 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13745 at http://michiganradio.org Two real cops arrested in Detroit "police impersonation" armed robbery Investigations, outrage after Detroit Police arrest news photographer http://michiganradio.org/post/investigations-outrage-after-detroit-police-arrest-news-photographer <p sizcache="32" sizset="98">Detroit and <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013307160109" jquery17105371509835429399="11"><u><font color="#000080">national news media are in an uproar</font></u></a> after learning a news photographer was arrested for filming police last week.</p><p sizcache="32" sizset="99">Detroit Free Press photographer Mandi Wright was filming police making an arrest on her iPhone last Thursday.</p><p sizcache="32" sizset="99">Here's the video:</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 02:30:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13568 at http://michiganradio.org Investigations, outrage after Detroit Police arrest news photographer Detroit's police, fire dispatch system still not 100% http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-police-fire-dispatch-system-still-not-100 <div><p>Police Chief James Craig says Detroit's emergency dispatch system still isn't fully operational after crashing last week.</p><p>Fire, police and emergency medical services were not able to use the system for about two hours on July 5.</p><p>Some officers used&nbsp;cell phones&nbsp;to contact dispatchers. Calls for service were routed through state police dispatchers. Residents in non-emergencies were told to go to a police station and file a complaint.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:29:23 +0000 The Associated Press 13509 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's police, fire dispatch system still not 100%