Friday, January 06, 2012

Detroit Police Plan Changes

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee held a press conference yesterday in which he outlined his proposal to create "virtual police precincts." Under this plan, police stations will be closed to the public from 4 p.m. until 8 a.m. Citizens will have to telephone the police for any services, although he did promise that telephone services would be improved.

He also announced that this is only the first of many restructuring efforts for the Detroit Police Department. We will have to see what comes next.

In the meantime, several residents and police officers, such as Officer Carol Furstenau of the Northwest District, which covers the Warrendale neighborhood, are speaking out against these "virtual police precincts." One can read more of Ms. Furstenau's comments here.

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