Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig announced Tuesday he's accepted the chief job in his hometown of Detroit.
At a press conference, Craig said he was "very excited" about the new opportunity.
"When I look at the city of Detroit, and I’m biased because it’s home, it’s a great city. Yes, it’s had its challenges, that’s no secret," Craig said. 'One of things that concerns me is the level of violence in Detroit. I know that we will turn that around. This is not something that I think, this is something that I know."
Craig's parents and four siblings still live here, Local 4 caught up with his father James Sr.
"I'm feeling on top, you can tell that by looking at me," said James Sr., when asked how he felt about his son's return to Detroit. The proud father told Local 4 about his son's four years patrolling Detroit's mean streets before shipping out to Las Angeles after receiving a pink slip here.
"And though he's been gone a long time you can see Detroit come out, and see you take myself I was born here 81-years-ago so this is Detroit. I showed him what Detroit is all about and that's why he wants to come back, and he wanted to come back before we left, me and his mother," said Craig's father.
Craig says he knows the morale in the Detroit Police Department is at an "all-time low," but says he will focus on that as well.
"How can we serve a community if we don’t have happy police officers?" he said his father.
He said he also wants to boost the credibility of the police department with the community.
Craig's resignation with Cincinnati is effective June 22.
Craig wore a Detroit Tigers baseball cap at a softball game Monday, but declined to confirm he was leaving Cincinnati after less than two years.
Craig began his police career in Detroit in 1977. His family still lives in the city.
"This is an opportunity for me to finish my career in a city that I love and make a difference," Craig said.
He also served in Los Angeles and in Portland, Maine.
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Local 4 profiled James Craig in 1990 when he relocated to Los Angeles. Craig played the story during Tuesday's press conference.