Annual homicides in Detroit could fall below 300

Sep 1, 2014

For the first time in years, Detroit Police say the city is on track to have fewer than 

A Detroit police car
Homicides in Detroit were down 20% from the same period last year, according to police stats released back in June.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio
300 homicides this year.  The number of homicides in Detroit is down about 20% from last year, according to the most recent information the police department issued back in June.  Police Chief James Craig spoke with Stateside earlier this summer: "Folks in the coffee shop are walking up to me," says Craig. "'Thank you chief, we see a difference, we feel safer.' And this a constant conversation I'm having." Detroit's population is also declining, so a better comparison is to look at the number of homicides per 100,000 residents, which a Detroit News analysis also shows is on the decline.