Detroit Police Department chief continues changes, shuts down Central District

Overhaul continues at Detroit Police Department since Chief James Craig took over earlier this year

Published On: Oct 18 2013 10:45:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 18 2013 11:18:14 PM EDT
DETROIT -

The Detroit Police Department is vacating the Central District at the corner of Woodward Avenue and West Grand Boulevard.

The deal to lease the building, which was done under the Kilpatrick administration, is over. Sources tell Local 4 that the city has opted to stop paying rent and will move out.

The city now is in the process of looking at city-owned properties to see what will suit.

"This is good for the city of Detroit. We have an opportunity to do something different in terms of how we organize and structure this agency," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Since Chief Craig rolled into town the DPD has seen more immediate and greater change than it has in decades. The changes include a total overhaul of the leadership ranks, the decision to go back to a precinct system and the declaration that closing the current districts down in the early evening hours is beyond ridiculous for a city with a crime rate such as Detroit's.

Moreover, officers have gone back to 8-hour shifts after the 12-hour shifts were regarded as utter misery. Morale is better with the shorter shifts, the chief says.

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With all the changes Craig has implemented, skepticism still swirls because new police chiefs have come to Detroit at an amazing rate.

One high-ranking police official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells Local 4 that the changes are needed but from his perspective what the DPD needs more than anything else is more people in uniform on the street.