Craig Ordered to Reorganize Detroit Police, Making Agency Less “Top Heavy”


Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ordered Police Chief James Craig to reorganize the Detroit Police Department to make it less top heavy, the Detroit News reports. Since taking over the department last month, Craig has made several changes, including firing two second deputy chiefs and replacing them with lower-ranking officers. More personnel moves are expected.

After Craig was appointed, two firms — the Bratton Group and the Manhattan Institute — were hired to help restructure the police department. Figures on how much the two consultants were being paid were not available Friday. “We're changing the culture of the police department, bringing in new people with new ideas,” Craig said after announcing personnel changes that included “de-appointing” Second Deputy Chiefs Loletha Knox-Porter, director of personnel, and Melvin Turner, who headed community policing.

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