It’s been nearly a year since Warren Evans took over as Detroit’s top cop, promising to use a proactive approach to fighting crime, says the Detroit News. Statistics released by the city indicate that his methods seem to be working. Homicides and nonfatal shootings in the city have plummeted reflecting a national trend.
There were 140 homicides from the start of the year to Wednesday, a 27 percent reduction from the same period in 2009. Nonfatal shootings were down 22 percent during that period. When Evans became chief on July 6, he announced a plan to use statistics to determine in which neighborhoods to deploy officers. He set up a mobile strike force, made up of special units such as the gang squad and the fugitive apprehension team, which are given assignments daily based on crime “hot spots.” “When the chief took office, he talked about using a data-driven approach, and we saw dividends from that almost immediately,” said Assistant Police Chief Ralph Godbee.