DETROIT - Detroit leaders have announced a collaborative initiative between law enforcement agencies and the community to cut down on violent crime in the city.
The initiative, known as Detroit One, emphasizes a unified approach among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and neighborhood organizations to improve public safety in the city.
Detroit One is patterned after successful programs in other cities, such as Washington, D.C.'s program that resulted in a reduction in homicides from a high of 479 in the 1990s to 88 in 2012.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade said the immediate goal of Detroit One is a reduction in gun-related violence.
There is a slew of offices and federal agencies involved in the initiative: Bing's office, the Detroit Police Department, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Gov. Rick Snyder's office, Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Corrections, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshal's.
Detroit One law enforcement agencies will identify and prosecute trigger-pullers, using data and intelligence; dismantle violent organizations; and engage the community at every level. Agencies will meet regularly to share information about the location and activities of violent crime offenders throughout the city of Detroit.
Prosecutors from Wayne County and the U.S. Attorney's Office will be assigned to Detroit Police Department districts and precincts to approve search warrants and charging documents and give legal advice -- any time of day or night.
In December, Bing announced 13 police mini-stations that would open throughout the city by the end of the winter.
At the announcement, he stressed the importance of bringing departments and communities together.