DPS Police Department, Office of Inspector General policing, investigative techniques yield high rate of arrests for B&E’s, sharp drop in computer thefts

Contacts:
Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542, Cell: 313-212-5636, steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401, Cell: 313-401-9018, jennifer.mrozowski@detroitk12.org

A sharp reduction in computer thefts, a 70 percent arrest rate for burglaries of vacant schools, an overall arrest rate of 46 percent, and a tripling of the number of criminal warrants sought, was reported by Detroit Public Schools Police Department and Office of Inspector General today.

From August 15, 2010 through January 9, 2011, 65 adults and 26 juveniles have been arrested for burglary. Criminal arrest warrants increased from 40 in 2009 to 144 in 2010, as a result of the hiring of a new Inspector for Investigations in summer 2010 and overall reorganization of the police department’s management team.
Just three break-ins involving laptop cart thefts have been reported since September, compared with a rate of three to four monthly from June 2009 through February 2010.

In February 2010, local search warrants were executed in Washtenaw, Oakland and Wayne counties pursuant to a DPS Office of Inspector General investigation into the December 2009 theft of 17 laptops from Burns Elementary. On September 21, 2010, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb and the Office of Inspector General announced criminal charges against 10 individuals responsible for the Burns School B&E. These individuals were responsible for six burglaries during which a total of 148 laptops were stolen.
Additional measures credited with the drop in burglaries include:
– The addition of a second K-9 unit and a third K-9 unit that is in training at this time.
– Electronic security upgrades such as door alarms, motion detectors, cameras and reinforced steel doors on steel frames.
– 24-hour deployment during the recent holiday break of Securitas security officers at 15 “hot spot” schools

“We have said from Day One that we won’t tolerate criminals coming into our schools and stealing precious resources from our students,” said Robert Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager. “It’s a credit to the innovative policing techniques and dogged investigations of the DPS Police Department and Office of Inspector General that we are bringing justice to DPS and putting people in jail, creating safer learning environments for our students and staff.”

The restructuring of the Police Department and changes are part of a new $41.7 million district-wide security initiative, including an innovative school security system and a new Command Center that will serve as the base of operations for the district.

“The restructuring of our Police Department under Chief Roderick Grimes brought 21st century policing and investigative techniques to this department, resulting in more arrests, fewer break-ins and a tripling of the number of criminal warrants sought,” said DPS Inspector General Wilbert Van Marsh. “This is just the beginning. With the opening of a new Police Department Command Center next week that will be tied to surveillance cameras in our schools and include state of the art processing equipment, holding cells and more, we expect to ratchet up the monitoring and safety of our buildings to unprecedented levels.”

DPS officers will be able to monitor campuses 24-hours a day using high-tech video surveillance cameras and alarms at the new $5.6 million, 23,000-sq ft. state of the art Command Center. Schools will be updated with alarm and video surveillance packages installed throughout the interior and exterior that will be feed to video systems at the Command Center. Built from the ground up in just 6 months at the site of two abandoned schools, the Command Center will open next week, January 20.

The community is invited to attend.
Overall, the DPS Police Department handled just short of 4,000 calls for service since September 1 of last year. The nearly 4,000 police runs handled since September 1 represents an 8 percent increase in run volume over the same period in 2009.

“I’d like to thank our hard-working police officers, campus officers and security guards who have contributed to the reduction in criminal activity, the increase in warrants executed and the increase in closed cases,” said DPS Police Chief Roderick I. Grimes. “The statistics show our hard work is paying off in safer schools for our students and staff.”

DPSPD 2010 / 2011 STATISTICAL REPORT
(Based on reports received for the period of August 15, 2010-present (present school year))
ASSAULT & BATTERY = 110
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT = 19
ARSON = 2
UDAA (Unlawful Driving Away of an Auto ) = 1
ATTEMPT UDAA = 5
B&E AUTO = 29
B&E OCCUPIED BLDG = 65 (18) CLOSED ON ARREST
B&E VACANT BLDG = 50 (35) CLOSED ON ARREST
B&E ARRESTS TOTAL = 91 (65) ADULTS & (26) JUVENILES
LARC FROM MOTOR VEH = 10
BOMB THREATS = 2
CCW ARRESTS = 5
FACSIMILE FIREARM= 3
ALLEDGED CSC (Criminal Sexual Conduct) = 14
DIS CONDUCT ARRESTS = 60
FA (Felonious Assault) REPORTS = 23
FA (Felonious Assault) ARRESTS = 20
FEL WARR ARRESTS = 5
VIOL SCHOOL ORD ARRESTS = 80
RA (Armed Robbery) REPORTS = 20 (8) CLOSED ON ARREST OR PATTERN)
ATTEMPT RA = 3
RNA (Robbery not armed )= 11 (5) CLOSED ON ARREST OR PATTERN)
LARCENY = 74
MDP (Misc Destruction Property )= 18
NON FATAL SHOOTINGS = 3 (2) INCIDENTS (1) CLOSED ON ARREST
NARCOTIC ARRESTS = 20
ARREST STATISTICS (BASED ON REPORTS RECEIVED)
TOTAL ADULTS ARRESTED = 233
TOTAL JUVENILES DETAINED = 196
TOTAL ARRESTS THIS SCHOOL YEAR = 429
TOTAL FOR FELONIES = 189
TOTAL FOR MISDEMEANORS = 240

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