Detroit police, federal agents, Metro Detroit prosecutors devise new strategy to fight crime in two targeted area

Program starts in earnest on Memorial Day and will go through Labor Day

DETROIT – Detroit police, federal agents, and Metro Detroit prosecutors devised a new strategy to fight crime in two targeted areas.

It will happen in the 8th Precinct on the far west side and the 9th Precinct over on the far east side.

By targeting those areas like the one on the west side where on Tuesday (May 23), a teen was shot and killed, those areas will be flooded with federal and Metro Detroit law enforcement going after the most violent offenders.

“We are again addressing the most violent neighborhoods in Detroit,” said United States Attorney Dawn Ison.

16-year-old killed in double shooting on Detroit's west side. (WDIV)

The most violent neighborhoods, according to the latest crime statistics, have three areas in the 8th Precinct on the city’s west side where the 16-year-old boy was gunned down and three areas on the 9th Precinct on the city’s east side that will see what they’re calling “Enhanced Summer Enforcement Strategies” targeting crime hot spots.

For those caught with guns with serial numbers taken off and guns converted to fully automatic weapons, the FBI will jump on carjacking’s and robberies with the Detroit Police Department right at the crime scene.

“We are working together like never before to focus on the violence, the most dangerous people and the most dangerous places,” Ison said.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said families in the 8th and 9th precincts aren’t safe, but those areas have never seen such focused attention from law enforcement targeting those making it unsafe.

“There will be no area in this city that has a more focused response effort this summer than the 8th and 9th precincts,” said Duggan.

“For those who choose to victimize our community, we’re going to be laser focus, and they’re going to get the full attention of the Detroit Police Department, this partnership, federal and state partners to get you off the street,” said Detroit police Chief James White.”

Program starts in earnest on Memorial Day and will go through Labor Day.

About the Authors:

Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been with Local 4 News for more than a decade.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.