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Detroit Public Schools and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announce new Teen Courts and Safe Schools Project

Detroit Public Schools and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office have teamed up to launch the first two DPS Teen Courts, where students will serve as jurors, at Denby and Southeastern High Schools. The agencies are also partnering on the new Safe Schools Project pilot program, where five assistant prosecutors are assigned to work collaboratively at Detroit and out-county high schools to address issues of safety, truancy and school violence. The Teen Court program is a juvenile diversion program created for juveniles who have no previous juvenile court record and who become involved in minor violations of the law. Classrooms at Denby and Southeastern have been transformed to resemble real courtrooms, where offenders, between the ages of 11 and 16, who

10 Defendants Charged in DPS laptop theft scheme

Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged 10 men in connection with an organized scheme to steal and fence laptop computers from Detroit Public Schools from December of 2009 through 2010. The investigation revealed that approximately 104 computers valued at over $158,000 were stolen. In February 2010 the case was referred the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office by Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb and former Detroit Public Schools Inspector General John Bell. The charges are the result of a collaborative effort involving the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity Unit and Criminal Investigations Division; Detroit Public Schools Inspector General Wilbert Marsh, Deputy Inspector General Diana Sobczak and Special Investigator Robert Barenie; Michigan State Police; the FBI; High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)

Construction underway, one major renovation complete and 100% of remaining contracts out to bid for construction projects under $500.5 million capital improvement program

Detroit-Detroit Public Schools is making rapid progress with work on its $500.5 million capital improvement program, with one major school renovation complete, construction underway at nine other sites totaling $180.4 million, and 100 percent of procurement contracts out to bid for remaining projects. Detroit Public Schools today released a construction activity progress report on the first 10 projects, which have an average Detroit-headquartered business participation of 70 percent at the prime contract level. Three elementary and middle school interior renovations will be completed on time for students’ arrival Sept. 7. Renovations totaling $27.7 million were completed over the summer at John R. King PreK to 8 School, Marcus Garvey PreK to 8 School and Bethune Academy in just over three

Former DPS principal, accountant charged with embezzling from Randolph CTC

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy’s Public Integrity Unit in collaboration with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Office of the Inspector General recently conducted an investigation at the A. Phillip Randolph Career and Technical Center (Randolph). The investigation has resulted in charges against four persons, and was conducted at the request of Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. Charges will issue today against Gwendolyn Miller, 58, of Detroit, former principal of Randolph. In addition, Eugenia Rose Holimon, 47, of Detroit, former accountant at Randolph, along with her son Eric Cornelius Holimon, 22, of Detroit, and her friend Robert Louis Gibson, 57, of Farmington Hills have all been charged. Gibson was a Detroit Police officer at the time of the

Detroit Public Schools to improve safety, save $4.5 million through new contract for school security

Detroit Public Schools estimates the district will save more than $4.5 million annually through a new one-year contract being executed with Securitas that is expected to improve safety in all schools and radically reduce absenteeism among security personnel. The new contract goes hand-in-hand with a $41.7 million safety and security initiative for the school system. DPS was paying about $11 million for DPS security officers. The contract for Securitas will be approximately $6.5 million. Reports showed that the district’s security officers, who were terminated effective July 30, were absent 11 to 12 percent on average daily. On July 28, 37 – 16 percent of security officers — were absent. On July 30, 31 — nearly 14 percent of all security

Department of Justice, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Public Schools and Wayne Mediation join forces with MADE Men to keep kids safe in school

Detroit, MI – Bishop Edgar L. Vann II, Chairman of Vanguard Community Development Corporation announced today plans to sustain the MADE Men (Men Affirming Discipline and Education) initiative that was born last summer in response to the bus stop shooting near the Cody Ninth Grade Academy. He was joined by several MADE Men, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee Jr., Detroit Public Schools Inspector General John Bell, Detroit Public Schools Regional Superintendent Derrick Coleman, Detroit Public Schools Chief of Police Roderick Grimes, ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge William Temple, Assistant United States Attorney Terrence Haugabook, and Consulting Program Director for Wayne Mediation Center’s Truancy Prevention Mediation Program, Susan Butterwick. “Our children’s safety and their ability to learn without fear

Students and staff from Roberto Clemente Academy present dogs from DPS’ K-9 unit with bullet proof vests

Students and staff of Roberto Clemente Academy on Monday, July 26 presented Tazer and Nitro, two dogs from Detroit Public Schools’ K-9 unit, with a state-of-the-art bullet proof vest as a ‘thank you’ for their efforts to improve safety in the district. The school community, spearheaded by former Principal Helena Lazo, raised about $680 to purchase the vest after listening to a presentation by Officer John Greene and meeting Nitro at a career day at the school and inquiring about how often the dogs are hurt in the line of duty. The presentation took place at 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, at the school, located at 1551 Beard. Earlier this year, Detroit Public Schools Police Department officers John Greene and

Detroit Public Schools to open new $5.6 million police command center

Detroit- Detroit Public Schools officials in the next six months will open a new police command center that will serve as the base of operations for a district-wide security system using high-tech video surveillance cameras and alarms to enhance public safety on all school campuses for all students. Flanked by city, law enforcement and community-based crime prevention agencies, the district broke ground today on the new $5.6 million Office of Public Safety Headquarters and Operations Center. Construction will begin this month on the 23,000-square-foot building at 8500 Cameron Street, on the site of the former Sherrard School in the North End neighborhood. It will replace the existing police headquarters building on Woodward Avenue that was the site of a former

Mann Elementary tribute stirs emotions of fallen police officer’s comrades

The students of Mann Elementary used their pencils, paper and sincerity to pay their respects, and the comrades of slain officer Brian Huff graciously accepted the youngsters’ hundreds of cards and letters Friday in an emotional tribute at the Detroit Police Department Eastern District headquarters. The tribute was the result of a school-wide writing campaign in which more than 300 pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Mann expressed their condolences and appreciation for Huff, 42, and the four officers who were wounded in the line of duty earlier this week. With a painting of Huff displayed next to his picture-framed uniform at the front of a large room, the students marched in and presented their cards and letters to Commanders Steve

Mann Elementary pays tribute to slain, wounded police officers

Mann Elementary students will visit Detroit Police Department Eastern District headquarters (11187 Gratiot Ave.) at 1 p.m. Friday to present cards and letters they’ve written in tribute to slain police officer Brian Huff and the four officers who were wounded earlier this week. More than 300 pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Mann participated in a school-wide writing campaign that was initiated by teachers Pam Namyslowski and Julie Beatty with the help of teacher Piper Herbert, whose husband is a Detroit police lieutenant assigned to the Downtown district. Six students were chosen to represent the school and will be transported by police van to present all the cards and letters to Detroit Police Eastern District Commander Steve Dolunt. Huff, 42, was