Violent crime is up but arrests are down in Detroit, and some inside the police department blame low officer morale, reports the Det5roit News. The fourth quarter of 2012 saw significantly fewer arrests in most precincts and districts compared with previous years — and the largest declines were in some of the city’s most crime-ridden areas. In the Eastern District, which Commander Steve Dolunt called “the most violent district in the country,” arrests plummeted from 1,899 in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 1,700 during the same period last year. Two years ago, the district had 2,342 arrests in the fourth quarter.
“We’re down; I’m not happy about that,” Dolunt said during a Detroit Police Command Accountability meeting. “I think it’s morale — (officers) don’t want to make arrests; they don’t want to go to court.” Interim Police Chief Chester Logan said he’s “concerned” about the drop in arrests, although he said he isn’t sure what’s causing it. Last year, salaries of Detroit police officers were cut 10 percent and benefits reduced. The city also imposed 12-hour shifts to put more police on patrols. Mayor Dave Bing acknowledged the switch from eight-hour workdays is “difficult on our officers.”