Detroit’s new police chief addressed his troops for the first time yesterday after a bloody weekend that saw a man shot after an argument over a card game, a drive-by triple shooting outside a club and a killing at a bank ATM, reports the Detroit News. The weekend violence brought a vow of change from Chief James Craig. “It is not acceptable when a 71-year-old man is carjacked and beaten. Young people riding around in cars with guns, that's unacceptable. I didn't come from that environment [ ]. This will be one of the safest major cities in America.”
Craig emphasized his duties would be about policing, not politics. He said his top priorities are reducing crime and raising department morale. Having proper equipment is on that list, he said.”I'm very concerned when I see dilapidated police cars in the Motor City,” he said. “That's not acceptable.” Craig said officers have expressed dislike of 12-hour shifts and “virtual precincts” that were part of budget cuts last year. Craig said the department has been in talks with three consulting firms on possible overhauls. “I want to make sure when a community member wants to come into a police station, the doors are open,” he said.