How Federal-Local Collaboration Hopes to Reduce Violence in Detroit


Detroit could see a vast decrease in violent crime this year as local, state, and federal agencies team up to target the city's worst offenders, authorities tell the Detroit Free Press. Law enforcement officials say Detroit One — an initiative that kicked off last month — is unique from other crime-fighting efforts in several ways, including the level of collaboration among agencies and because prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office will be assigned to police precincts and districts.

The goal is to see major reductions in gun crimes and homicides. By March 31, 69 criminal homicides had occurred in Detroit this year, down from 76 during the same time period in 2012. There were 214 nonfatal shootings, down from 243 last year. It's too early to measure the success of Detroit One, but police already have seen results, said Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan. He said there have been more narcotics raids, arrests, and tickets issued. Not everyone is sold on the Detroit One initiative. Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality said he's concerned this is a “paramilitary response” to the city's crime problem. “I'm concerned about the elimination of local control of law enforcement,” he said. “Period.”

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