Detroit could see an influx of 90 more police officers on the streets in the next few months, part of a long-term plan to bring safety to a city battered by a series of shootings last weekend that killed seven people and wounded at least 21 others, says the Detroit Free Press. Fifty new officers are expected to come as a result of three-year Community Oriented Policing Services grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. The 40 others are officers moving off desk duty Sept. 1. (The House Appropriations Committee has voted to end the COPS program in the next federal fiscal year.)
“We have a very definitive plan to continually move officers to active policing,” said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., while also announcing that police have made three arrests and are seeking a fourth suspect in the seven fatal weekend shootings. The department is aiming to put many more of Detroit’s 2,845 officers back on patrol. Mayor Dave Bing said the added officers are only one part of a multipronged effort to help the community. Bing said re-population is another key component of curbing violent crime. Bing envisions residents strolling the streets without worry, like he saw during a trip to Europe in the spring.