As Detroit’s Homicide Rate Goes Up, Police Get a Break

What is the best way to deal with an increasing homicide rate?

If you were the Detroit Chief of Police, what would you do?

This year is set to be the highest homicide rate in Detroit in 20 years. New FBI statistics have Police Chief James Craig changing tactics. One of those changes is including a shift change for Detroit police officers.

Police officers have been working 12-hour-shifts. For 12 hours straight,t police officers have been running almost non-stop. It order to provide a morality boost and invest into the officers, Police Chief Craig has decided to get rid of the 12 hour shifts.

Instead of the 12 hours shifts, Detroit police officers will be running an 8 hour shift starting October 14. Volunteers will be allowed to work a 10 hour shift. The goal is to have fresh officers every few hours.

The Detroit Free Press had this to report on Detroit’s homicide and violent crimes rate,

According to the FBI, Detroit witnessed 386 homicides in 2012. That put Detroit’s 2012 homicide rate at 54.6 per 100,000, the highest such rate since 1993, when it was 57.6 per 100,000. Detroit, however, saw fewer violent crimes, dropping from 15,245 in 2011 to 15,011 in 2012.”

While Detroit’s violent crimes have decreased, the current rate puts the city of Detroit at the second highest only to Flint, Michigan. The startling statistics show that Michigan now has the top 2 most dangerous cities in the U.S.

We cannot forget that back in July, the emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, made fighting crime in Detroit a top priority. That meant the police department received 50 new squad cars, bullet proof vests, stun guns and on-body video cameras.

So, what do you think?

Will investing into the police department’s moral and giving new equipment be enough to lower Detroit crime rates?