New Detroit Chief Vows Accurate Crime Data


Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans, who was named Detroit police chief today by Mayor Dave Bing, vows to run an open, transparent and responsive department. As a result, Evans told the Detroit Free Press, Detroiters can expect to see crime stats rise, at least in the short-term. “Crime itself is not going to up, but crime is going to be reported better — so, yes, crime stats will go up,” he said.

“I’m not blaming anyone — there’s obviously a shortage of officers — but when you talk to people in the community, it’s clear that crimes are not being reported. The only way to solve a problem is to know what you’re dealing with. There’s nothing more debilitating to people than to have their houses broken into and then not to have a proper response from the police. You feel doubly violated.” Evans, 60, takes over after the dismissal of the former chief, 57-year-old James Barren.

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