Detroit police officers help clean senior’s lot on city’s north end

Police officers will continue to help as much as they can

She couldn't clean it up by herself, so folks from DPD's 12th precinct stepped up to help. In order to avoid blight violations, a group of neighborhood police officers and volunteers helped clean up a senior's lot. It's on Hildale Avenue, just off of Woodward across from Palmer Park.

DETROIT – The Detroit Police Department spent Wednesday helping one woman clean up around the outside of her home.

Ivanka Kacir is a senior living on Detroit’s north side who had a big issue cleaning up her yard.

“She obviously cares about nature, but her neighbors also have concerns for the appearance, and I think perhaps she wasn’t able to maintain it,” said neighbor Marie Benzing.

Blight had turned into an unpleasant sight at the home on West Hildale Avenue, and neighbors started complaining. But when neighborhood police officers investigated the situation, they found an explanation.

“She was an elderly lady, and she was unable to clean this area the way it needed to be cleaned,” said Capt. Shanda Starks with Detroit police.

“By myself, this would have been hard,” Kacir said. “It would have been hard because my backyard is really big.”

So with the help of a little over two dozen officers from the police academy, and some heavy machinery, as of Wednesday, April 13, Kacir’s yard looks totally different.

“They did it in two hours, like everything,” Kacir said. “It makes me feel good because it saved me some work.”

“Hopefully, with this support, she’ll be able to keep that up,” a neighbor said.

Detroit police officers said they will continue to help as much as they can.

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