The embattled Detroit Police Department is on the brink of its worst crisis, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee says. With an 18 percent budget cut for the police department in the wings, "We're at a tipping point in Detroit … this is probably the most challenging time in the city's history," Godbee said. This occasional series examines crime in Detroit, its impact on the region and the struggle to find solutions.
Continuing coverage: The crime crisis in Detroit
Thursday's fatal carjacking is the latest example of violence in the city that's already had more than 160 murders this year.
Detroit Police are getting some patrol help from their brothers in blue -- and brown. Michigan State Police troopers and Wayne County Sheriff's deputies will be deployed to Detroit to aid with violent crime prevention and traffic enforcement.
The fight against crime in Detroit has reached a critical stage, experts say, with massive police budget cuts looming in a town that's already the most violent big city in the country.
Detroit -- A spate of recent brazen crimes has residents and business owners concerned that criminals in Detroit are becoming bolder than ever.
About this series
This series of stories will examine crime in Detroit, one of the major issues facing the city. Amid growing concerns by citizens, police and elected officials about rampant violence and a Police Department facing massive budget cuts, The Detroit News will provide an in-depth look at the city’s crime problem: the human toll, its impact on the city’s image, the domino effect on the region and the struggle for solutions.
The series also will provide statistical analyses showing what crimes are being committed and where they occur. An online map and database will be regularly updated, allowing readers to see where the most violent crimes are taking place, including murders, which are not plotted on the online mapping service used by the Detroit Police Department. The newspaper’s data, though not comprehensive, will be based on figures released by the Detroit Police Department.
Readers are encouraged to send comments, story tips and suggestions to George Hunter at email@example.com or at (313) 222-2134.
Interactive map: Major crimes
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