Monday, January 16, 2012

Godbee Says Crime is Down. Will Anyone Believe Him?

Ralph Godbee, Chief of the Detroit Police Department, announced on Friday that crime in Detroit was down for 2011 in all categories except for homicides, which saw a 12% increase over 2010. The question is: will anyone in Detroit believe him?

I'm sure there are some folks in the suburbs, who never see any part of Detroit other than the sports stadiums, the casinos and possibly the Wayne State Police Patrol Zone, who might be tempted to believe him. However, I cannot find a single person in any of Detroit's regular neighborhoods who believes that crime is going down in our community.

I have talked to dozens of Detroit residents since this press conference happened. Everyone that I've talked to in recent days has either was a victim of crime during 2011 or knows someone well was. Less than half of the crime victims that I talked to actually filed a police report. Because no police report was filed, those incidents never made it into the Detroit Police Department's statistics.

Very few Detroit residents have any confidence that the Detroit Police Department will be able to solve a crime that is reported to them. The sad fact is that Chief Godbee's desire to keep his administrative and command ranks flush have compromised Detroit's front-line operations. This, in turn, leaves them largely unable to respond to crime with anything other than a report that the victim can file with their insurance company.

If one doesn't need a police report for their insurance claim, or the crime isn't something that an insurance claim can address, then a great many Detroiters don't believe it's worth the effort to file a police report. This creates the illusion that crime is down in Detroit at a time when residents and business owners know first-hand that it is up.

Regardless, Chief Godbee feels a need to take credit for doing something about crime. It's a shame he isn't able to actually do something about crime rather than simply try to take credit for improvements that never really happened.

1 comment:



What happens in Detroit stays in Detroit - not TRUE...

What happens in Detroit may have impact on residents in the Suburbs.

Detroit PC Godbee closing Detroit police stations for 16 hours a day - means that more crime goes unreported, even with 'more police on patrol' and emboldens criminals to cross the borders and then go home free to Detroit where less police patrols, enforcement and lack of police reporting may give them a feeling of safety - while Detroit residents feel unsafe and afraid and so should suburban residents.

Recent articles in the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press on TV and radio, mislead the public into believing that crime in Detroit is down - UNTRUE. The reporters relied on numbers supplied by PC Godbee.

Detroit Police are now warning NAIAS / Detroit Auto Show visitors not to park on some streets because of an increase in auto break ins.

The reason that there were 7300 less part 1 because they go unreported....!!!!

The lack of police response to 911 calls, home invasions (2 across from me), the time it takes to get thru to TCRU, the time it takes to make a report in a station - and now you cant even do that now that stations are closed 16 hrs a day - means that less crime is being reported.

Detroit residents feel they wont get a 911 response...and police officers trying to discourage making a report because CRINET is so time consuming - means less reported crime ( I didn't report 5 break ins to my garage - because I knew there was no chance to catch the criminals..)...and I had no insurance..

So PC Godbee is not telling the whole truth....and when I was working I got a report that the commander of the 10th precinct was shaving numbers ( I reported it to the FBI)...

Godbee should not be the PC..Detroit needs an outside highly respected chief....

David L. Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired

ps..response.. DETROIT reporter

I think you hit the nail on the head Dave. It's under-reporting by the citizen. The lack of response from the police (almost 30 percent of the calls don't get a response). The reclassification and the shaving by commanders.
You got to admit it's a good news report when the prosecutor is calling it bullshit. And while we're at it -- 7300 less part1 crimes! That'd be a world fucking record. I take it as an insult to call me in, give me some color paper and tell me to disseminate it to the public unchallenged. I promise I will stay on it.