The Media’s Most Wanted Man, Detroit Police Chief Evans sat down as he does monthly with am 1200 News Talk’s Angelo Henderson. No time was wasted going straight in to tackle what seems to be a new intolerance in the community for what has recently transpired.
Chief Evens responds to Angelo’s inquiry of how many officers are needed. He states that ideally 500 additional officers are needed, but due to the budget that cannot happen. A caller called in and asked if Chief Evans has any flexibility on putting Light Duty Officers on the line and back on the streets. Chief Evan says it is something they have worked on and will continue to do. Over 100-150 officers have returned to the streets. He states, “There is nobody sitting around that we can unilaterally move to the streets.”
The Budget is about 96.4% Personnel, Chief Evans states that “We can’t afford to cut anywhere…to cut 6.5 million dollars is to cut personnel.” A 6.5 million dollar cut would result in a loss of about 122 police jobs.
Although through the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice was able to award the City of Detroit $11,148,750 through the COPS Grant program, the idea was to help keep police officers on the beat during the economic downturn. Under the COPS Grant program, the federal government pays the officers’ salary and benefits for three years, after which the local government is responsible for the costs.
In Detroit, this funded 50 officers to attend the Police Academy, all of which who graduate in a week. If the cut is approved, they will be the first to graduate the academy and the first to get laid off. As Chief Evans stated, “with the Union, the last to come are the first to go.”
WHAT ABOUT USING DRUG FORFEITURE MONEY?
The DPD is now waiting for over million dollars. Chief Evans stated that it takes a while for the money to be given to the department. He informed us that the drug forfeiture money obtained has to be spent on drug related causes. Those endeavors could possibly hire more narcotic officers, and possibly move officer from narcotic unit to other units in turn building up the force.
He also stated that the money needs to be spent on kids so that we do not keep chasing the ‘ghost’, but correct the problem and “Help kids to not end up in the system”.
WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS:
Family Intervention is KEY to stem the problem of they youth. The solution is a front end position in the household and schools. He states we cannot stem the flow of the problem with out working on the front end especially in households of abuse and neglect. “We don’t have the strong families” as we used to.
TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
Detroit Police Chief Evans thinks so. Here are the stats:
- 34 Fewer Homicides
- 100 Fewer Shootings
- Homicide Closure Rate Doubled
- Response Time Increased by 30%
- Gun Seizure and Drug Seizure up more as of now this year, than compared to the entire last year.
Although no murder, or crime is acceptable these are clearly steps in the right direction. This can also be noted based on the uproar in the community’s intolerance for the recent situations. Chief Evans notes that “Nothing takes the place of the community being involved.”
CASH FOR TURNING IN WEAPONS A SUCCESS?
Chief Evans says, “It stands to be seen”. Although he is not against the program.”Guns need to be off the streets.”
TIME TO START LOOKING AT COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN CITY AND COUNTY
“The problem is every Government agency is experiencing the same problems: budget.” However he states that the other agencies have always answered his call when he has reached out to help with violent crime, gang activity.
Perception or Reality: The TOO TOP HEAVY with Salaries?
“I don’t feel that” Chief Bing states. There are fewer inspector positions and other higher positions. He said he looked at it and reduced it some. “I feel I have what I need to run the department, but I need more police officers.”
THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: WHERE WHERE YOU WHEN THE 7 YEAR-OLD WAS KILLED?
“I was overseas, where the cell phone didn’t even work. I made arrangements out of my own personal expenses to come back immediately”.