CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Crime is the single biggest threat to the rebirth of Detroit — we are no different than any other urban city in America. If citizens don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods, they will leave the first chance they get, no matter how much they love their city.
We must make preventing and combating crime, in all its forms, a top priority. There are no quick fixes and no easy answers. Reducing crime and building safe communities will require unprecedented cooperation between citizens, business, schools and law enforcement.
As Vice Chairwoman of the Detroit City Council’s Committee on Public Health and Safety, I have proudly supported innovative programs and key priorities to make our city safer.
-I was proud to support the highly successful and innovative “Green Light Project,” a public-private partnership with gas station owners that provides for remote monitoring and rapid police response when criminals strike
-I have fought the dangerously high turn-over rate in our police department by supporting pay increases and other retention efforts to keep experienced officers on the job
-I have held absentee building owners accountable for their dilapidated properties that, all too often, become havens for drug and other criminal activity
-I applaud Chief Craig and the Detroit Police Officers Association support of body cameras for all law enforcement officers. Body cameras can build trust and protect both police officers and the citizens they serve.
And I have personally visited many of our city’s firehouses to expedite essential facility repairs and ensure that critical life-saving equipment like oxygen tanks are in ready supply so our firefighters are well-equipped when we need them most.
I am proud of our progress so far; but we must be relentless in our vision, effort and investment to make Detroit a safer city for all of us.
“Every Detroiter deserves to feel safe—whether at home, at school, downtown or in their neighborhood. And every Detroiter deserves to know that in an emergency, they can count on the quick response of our Police, Firefighters or EMS.”