Friday, August 28, 2009

DPD Is Getting Better

Long time readers of this blog will no doubt recall that I have frequently complained about the Detroit Police Department and its responsiveness to 9-1-1 calls. In recent years, I have had to call 9-1-1 for everything ranging to shots being fired to domestic disputes. The police rarely showed up for any of those calls.

I, unfortunately, had to call 9-1-1 again early this morning. This time it involved four individuals fighting in the middle of the southbound Southfield Fwy. service drive. One woman appeared to be getting beaten rather severely by a male companion. Another man occasionally joined in this beating as a second woman stood in the middle of the road screaming. Two young children were also in the middle of the street screaming.

It was, to put it quite mildly, a rather unpleasant scene.

I called 9-1-1 and debated getting involved more directly. Luckily, I didn't have to do so.

Within four minutes of my call, there was a patrol supervisor and two other police cars on the scene. The officers appeared to resolve this matter quickly and professionally.

In other cities, the fact that the police responded appropriately to a 9-1-1 call would not be worthy of mentioning in a blog or anywhere else. Unfortunately, in a city like Detroit, I can't help but feel that a prompt and professional response to a 9-1-1 call is huge news.

The Detroit Police Department is definitely getting better. I commend every officer and civilian who is a part of making this happen.

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