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LeDuff: Detroit offering Chief of Police job to James Craig of Cincinnati

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FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff has learned that the city of Detroit has offered the Chief of Police position to James E. Craig. Sources tell LeDuff he is expected to accept the offer.

Craig is currently the Chief of Police in Cincinnati.

LeDuff says Craig is out of the Bill Bratton 'camp,' the man credited for cleaning up crime during his time as Chief of Police in Los Angeles, New York and Boston.

Craig has family here. He started his career in Detroit before moving to Los Angeles, where he rose to the rank of captain and took on supervisory roles.  He took on the role of Chief of Police in Cincinnati in August of 2011.

LeDuff says his first job will be to name his command staff. 

A formal announcement naming Craig as Detroit's next Chief of Police could come as early as Tuesday.

Click here for more on Craig from the Cincinnati Chief of Police website.

Craig began his career as a police officer in 1977 for the City of Detroit before moving to Los Angeles in 1981. It was there that he advanced from Police Officer to Captain III, the rank he held when he retired in 2009.

Craig also has experience at the supervisory and management levels of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), where he served for 28 years. From 2002 to 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the West, Southwest, and Southeast areas and over the Patrol, Juvenile, and Operations Support Division of the Department. He has overseen 390 sworn and civilian personnel and a $42 million budget. He implemented effective strategies to sustain crime reduction efforts over a three year period in the Southwest area, reducing violent crime by 27 percent, property crime by 21 percent, part I crime by 23 percent, homicide by 22 percent, and shooting victims by 31 percent. Under Craig's leadership, a year-long joint LAPD/FBI operation targeted a local gang that culminated in warrants served in 22 locations.

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