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Nearly a million people flocked to Detroit’s riverfront Monday night for the annual Ford Fireworks display, and for the second straight year, police made not a single arrest related to the festival.

That, says Police Chief James Craig, is a milestone to celebrate.

“We’ve turned a corner in Detroit,” Craig says. “We’ve got work to do, but this is an indicator that we are starting to have an impact on the culture.”

The incident-free period on the riverfront also covered all four days of the annual River Days festival along the River Walk put on by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Give credit to the police department, and to more than 150 volunteers who donned green vests and helped with crowd control, kept a watch out for developing trouble and assisted visitors. In addition, the conservancy opened up the West Riverfront Park as a viewing and picnic site for the city’s top students.

The efforts were supported by the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Skillman Foundation, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Black Family Development Inc. and Ford Motor Co.

What’s remarkable is how little effort it took to go from 150 arrests two years ago, to none for the last two years. That says a lot about what can get done when people work together.

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