Detroit Mayor Bing announces public safety initiative in the city

Mayor: 13 police mini-stations to open throughout Detroit

Published On: Dec 05 2012 11:02:51 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 05:43:55 PM EST

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says 13 police mini-stations will open throughout the city by the end of the winter.

The mayor made the announcement Wednesday, stressing the importance of bringing departments and communities together.

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"This initiative will increase our police presence within our communities and strengthen basic public safety services for our residents," Mayor Bing said. "The primary goal is to bring our police department and communities closer together to fight crime and improve the quality of life throughout the city. Restructuring our public safety departments is a major part of my administration’s efforts to Transform Detroit."

View: Map of mini-police stations in Detroit.

The mini-stations will be situated in recreation centers, shopping centers and other sites.

Six were open on Wednesday, two are to debut by the end of the month and the remaining five will be in place by March.

Open mini-station locations:

Each mini-station will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Each location will be staffed with a permanent officer, a police reservist and a community volunteer.

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Additional stations:

The announcement came on the day police confirmed the shooting deaths of four people in an east-side home and a week after the city acknowledged that the number of homicides this year already has eclipsed the 2011 total.

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