Detroit police, county sheriff team up for security

The Detroit News

With an aim toward combining resources, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Police Chief James Craig will announce a joint effort Wednesday to better patrol the city’s borders along the river.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, left,  and Detroit Police Chief James Craig

The two law enforcement officials will hold a 2 p.m. news conference at Napoleon’s office to discuss the joint security venture. The idea sprang, the sheriff said, from conversations about combining resources to better protect and enhance border security by air and water.

“We determined that by combining our resources we would be more effective and have a greater number of people that we could choose from to put on the border at any given time,” Napoleon said. “It’s just a matter of being able to bring DPD and the Sheriff’s Office together to give more coverage over a longer period of time.”

No officers will be added to the four sergeants and six officers soon to be assigned to the effort as part of the plan to be announced Wednesday.

Napoleon said that he and Craig came up with the idea given “some of the challenges that he was having and some of mine,” and realized it was better to combine efforts.