到今年年底, 两个类别均略有减少, 与全国许多城市在特别暴力的一年中看到的情况截然不同.
在 2021, 汽车城看到了一个 4% reduction in murders, 一个 9% drop in non-fatal shootings and an 18% decline in robberies. The city ended the year with 309 谋杀案, 相比 323 在 2020.
“I walked into some significant increases in homicides… and right out the gate I asked the mayor for some dollars and he was happy to get them to me,” White told Fox News last week.
The extra funds allowed the Detroit Police Department to increase overtime by 4,000 hours and add patrols by up to 300 长官.
The chief’s five-point plan focused on several areas: increased police presence, parking and code enforcement, community engagement, combating drag racing and a heavy emphasis on noise enforcement.
The goal was to focus on places where crowds gather and on quality of life issues, 院长说.
白色, a 24-year veteran of the police department, was the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights when he was tapped to take over as interim chief in June 2021 upon the retirement of Chief James Craig amid rumors he was eying a run for governor.
当时, the city was grappling with 23 more murders and 118 more non-fatal shootings than it had in the same time frame in 2020.
“When you look at a 20% increase walking in and then you see a 4% reduction by the end of the year, that tells you that your strategies are moving in the right direction,” 白说. “From a benchmarking standpoint, yes we’ve had some reductions that we’re proud of, but at the same time, those numbers mean nothing when you’ve got to tell a mother that her son was shot or a wife that her husband was shot.”
White became the city’s permanent police chief in August.
The news of Detroit’s crime reduction came as other cities like New York, 天使, Chicago and Houston were seeing increasing levels of violence. 在洛杉矶, the city ended the year with nearly 400 killings, which accounted for a 15-year high.
Homicides in Houston saw a 71% uptick from 2019, the year before the 新冠肺炎 pandemic ushered in a nationwide crime surge. New York City went the opposite direction of Detroit with recorded 485 murders last year, 一个 4% increase from the 468 killings the previous year.