Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. has a plan to get more officers from behind desks and out patrolling the streets, says the Detroit Free Press. Beginning Monday, the department will launch a pilot program at its Northeastern District, eliminating some job assignments and encouraging residents to utilize the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit. In about a month, the program will likely be deployed citywide.
A limited number of personnel will be assigned to the district between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. Reports won't be taken by the public at the station during those times, but Godbee stressed that districts and precincts will never be closed. Job assignments, including report clerk, desk clerk, law enforcement information network operator, security officer, timekeeper, and vehicle and building maintenance officers, will be eliminated. “I'd love to keep everything the way it is,” he said. But, he added, “If we remain status quo, we are in trouble.” The department is planning to consolidate investigative operations at districts and precincts into the Central District on Feb. 6. There may also be an opportunity for reporting minor crimes online.