Tuesday, April 08, 2008

WCO to Appear Before the Detroit City Council

One of the Warrendale Community Organization's goals for 2008 is seek drastic improvements in police response time, both within the Warrendale neighborhood and citywide. Specifically, we believe that the Detroit Police Department needs to hire a lot more police officers in order to meet the demands for police services.

In most major American cities, there is approximately 1 police officer for every 250 residents. In Detroit, that ratio is 1 police officer for every 413 residents.

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick has proposed hiring 300 new police officers in his budget for Fiscal Year 2009. While we applaud Mayor Kilpatrick for moving in the right direction, at the March WCO meeting, we as an organization decided that this wasn't enough. We believe that Detroit needs even more than just another 300 more police officers.

As a result, the WCO will go before the Detroit City Council on Thursday, April 24 at 5 p.m. We will ask them to make improving police response time a higher priority than it currently is in the City's budget.

There is a group of Warrendale residents who originally volunteered to attend this meeting with me. However, I have lost that list. I apologize and hope that most of them read this blog. If you are interested in attending, please send me an email at frank.nemecek [at] gmail.com.

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