Officials said that the city of Detroit will see its lowest homicide rate in six decades.
Detroit recorded 228 murders through November 30, an 18% drop from the same time period last year. Detroit recorded 261 homicides in 2018, the lowest number since 1966 when there were only 214 homicides.
Officials credit the partnership between the city and Wayne County, which has improved coordination among agencies and court. They also said that it has led to a 36% decrease in carjackings as well as a 13% reduction in non-fatal gunshots.
In late 2021, County Executive Warren Evans formed the coalition with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in order to improve the local justice system after the disruptions caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Officials stated that the COVID-19 pandemic caused court dockets and jails to be backed up.
Duggan stated that the gun violence has dropped in Detroit to record levels because all parts of the criminal justice systems have overcome COVID obstacles, and are now working again.
A joint fugitive unit of the sheriff’s and city offices caught almost 1,000 people wanted for outstanding felony warrants. Priority was given to gun crimes.
The backlog in felony gun cases at Wayne County Circuit Court has been reduced from over 4,000 in the beginning of 2022 to just 1,330 by the end of this month. In January 2022, there were more than 2,000 cases of felony gun charges awaiting trial in Detroit’s 36th District Court. This number has now been reduced to only 415.
Detroit has added 200 new officers this year. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is filling 200 vacancies. Both departments as well as the county prosecutor’s office have increased their pay.
Detroit Public Safety Headquarters also received prosecutors, which improved communication with the city’s homicide detectives.
In a press release, Kym Worthy, the prosecutor, said that this collaboration was unique because issues were identified, solutions were discussed and then implemented. It’s not all talk. “The people around the table are the key decision makers, and there is significant work done at every meeting.”