Detroit Public Schools says crime reports down 29%

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

The number of crime reports in Detroit Public Schools fell 29 percent during the past school year, the district’s police department reported Tuesday.

In a news release, DPS said district police filed 711 reports in 2014-15, down from 1,003 in 2013-14. Larceny reports fell 56 percent, from 153 to 67; armed robberies fell 74 percent, from 27 to 7; exposing complaints fell 85 percent, from 20 to three, and felony assaults were off 14 percent, from 49 to 42.

During the 2014-15 school year, DPS worked to improve the climate in school buildings, including “restorative practices” training for staff and initiatives for students such as Crime Stoppers’ Project Safe Campus.

This year, restorative practices training will cover two new areas: trauma and grief counseling to help students dealing with death and other hardships, and “conferencing training” to assist students’ transition back into school after a suspension or expulsion.

“DPS continues to identify methods and work in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, as well as citizens of good will to keep its schools and the surrounding community safe,” said Stacy Brackens, chief of the DPS Police Department. “Our parents continue to emphasize that safety is their No. 1 concern surrounding their children’s education. And the DPSPD’s priority is safety first for our students, families and staff.”

Brackens said DPS is seeking more volunteers to patrol areas around schools that are heavily used by students. Participants can volunteer one or more days a week but are asked to commit to at least one time slots. Examples are 7-9 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.

For more information, call (313) 240-4377 or (313) 873-7490.

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