The number of homicides and nonfatal shootings in Detroit were up during the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2010, while several other crimes saw declines, reports the Detroit Free Press. Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said he wants to be open about the city’s crime statistics. An event yesterday was the first in a series of quarterly reports he plans to give to the community. “We have to get well beyond egos and how things look,” Godbee said.
Lt. Dwayne Blackmon, who heads the police homicide unit, said there had been 67 homicides during the first quarter, up from 60 last year. The department reported 91 homicides through April 17. Two dozen of those killings happened in just over two weeks this month. Through April 17, there were 306 fewer reported robberies, 874 fewer burglaries, 1,147 fewer assaults and 32 fewer rapes than in the same period last year. Godbee said that, as the department’s manpower shrinks, calls will have to be prioritized.