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Detroit Police Chief Craig's mission needs support

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Opinion by Mike Renda
General Manager, WJBK Fox 2

Coverage of Detroit's finances has dominated the news, but we shouldn't lose sight of some significant actions that make one believe there really is a new day in Detroit.

When it comes to the Detroit Police Department, Chief James Craig has sent a clear message to drug dealers, carjackers and murderers … there is a new chief in town.

The days of city residents being terrorized and intimidated are over.

There were the massive apartment complex raids last month on Jefferson where more than 35 people were arrested, and Chief Craig laid down the law.

Chief Craig: "This is the new DPD. We're about getting it done. Not only are we driving crime down but we're responding to community complaints."

The most amazing thing happened at the site of this raid, the residents cheered loudly and thanked the police profusely for their efforts.

This week there was another big raid at the MLK Homes, which many residents say is a hotbed of crime.

Police say 42 bad guys were arrested and again the Chief clearly means business.

Chief Craig: "Where do I start? A day of celebration. A day of victory.  A day we threw party number 2."    

Chief Craig also appeared on FOX 2 on the anniversary of the unsolved "Tacoma Four" murders, which have left family members pleading for justice.

He acknowledged mistakes were made in the case and has ordered an internal investigation.

His message? He will not hide mistakes and he is determined to win back the trust and confidence of the people of Detroit.

Chief Craig:  "We have police officers in the department right now who have family members that have been murdered and there's no closure. We should and will have a 70 percent clearance. "

The chief's fresh attitude is very important. If Detroit police can re-establish order and make the population believe they can and will be protected, then Detroiters will be more willing to provide information that puts crooks and killers behind bars.

For Detroit to emerge successfully from bankruptcy, the city's plan must include the necessary resources to support the men and women of the police force as they fight to reclaim the streets of Detroit.

I'd like to hear what you think. Please add your thoughts to this story.

 

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