Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dave Bing: Results Don't Matter

Mayor Dave Bing
Mayor Dave Bing pressured Warren C. Evans to resign as Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department earlier this week. Mayor Bing has appointed Ralph L. Godbee, Jr. to be the third Chief of Police in Detroit in under two years. He is appointed on an interim basis, although there is much speculation that it will become a permanent position.

According to numerous reports, much of the cause for this stems from a reality TV show that Mr. Evans was a part of pitching to the networks and from his reputation as a "cowboy" police officer.

I will simply say that during Mr. Evans' tenure as chief of police:
  • Homicides dropped by 25% in Detroit;
  • Non-fatal shootings dropped by 15%;
  • Police response time for emergency calls improved by 29%; and
  • Narcotics seizures more than doubled.
In addition, Mr. Evans introduced a text messaging based method for citizens to pass information anonymously to the police.

All of this was on top of saving the taxpayers more than $7 million in reduced overtime expenses.

Quite frankly, if a certain someone is able to produce results like this then, as far as I'm concerned, they can appear in a hundred different reality television shows for all I care. Obviously, Mayor Bing has a different opinion in this matter.
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