Detroit Public Schools continues to report downward trends in crimes and major incidents

Law enforcement officials credit partnerships with other law enforcement organizations, organizational restructuring of the DPS Police Department, additional training opportunities for Police Officers and Security personnel, upgraded electronic building security systems, citizen patrols, more

 Nearly six months into this school year, Detroit Public Schools continues to report downward trends in crimes and major incidents, with reductions of 43 – 58% in serious crimes, as well as improved numbers of felony warrants obtained.

Overall, the DPS Police Department reports a 13% reduction in reported crimes when compared with the same period last school year. The data was gleaned from the CRISNET report, the official written report used by the DPS Police Department and the Detroit Police Department to manage and store police information regarding criminal activity within Detroit.

Specifically, concealed weapons violations were reduced by 45%, felony assaults by 43% and armed robberies by 58%. Other reductions included larceny (down 9%), misdemeanor assaults (down 10%), vehicle thefts/B&E’s (down 7%), arson (down 12%), and ordinance violations (down 40%). Building B&E’s were down 12 percent year to year including a 41% reduction in incidents at open school buildings.  Increases were registered in alleged sexual assaults, narcotics violations, and thefts. Felony arrests obtained increased by 42% during this time period.

Law enforcement officials credit the reductions due to effective partnerships with other law enforcement organizations, organizational restructuring of the DPS Police Department, additional training opportunities for Police Officers and Security personnel, upgraded electronic building security systems, improved response time to alarms, successful prosecutions of offenders at the county and federal levels, and the dedication of officers and investigators.

Inspector General Wilbert Marsh said, “There should be little doubt that reducing crime and securing District assets is a top priority by law enforcement and prosecutors at the local and federal levels.  We realize that our students and teachers cannot focus on educational excellence in the classroom unless our buildings are safe.  Efforts to provide safer travel routes for our students and addressing student truancy are also priorities of our offices.”

Current and ongoing partnerships focused on safety, protecting District assets and providing safer travel routes for students include those with the Detroit Police Department, FBI, Michigan Department of Education, US Department of Education, Michigan State Police and other local and federal law enforcement organizations.

Detroit Public Schools has also expanded volunteer citizens’ patrols as part of the comprehensive multi-agency program that helped to reduce incidents.

For information on citizen patrols and how to volunteer, go to detroitk12.org/getinvolved or call (313) 748-6008.

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