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City of Detroit receives Purple Heart designation

On Tuesday, May 19, the City of Detroit was named a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The historic ceremony honored veterans by raising the American and Purple Heart flags outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, along with a rendering of Taps. This patriotic honor pays tribute to soldiers, natives or residents of Detroit, who were injured or killed in combat.

Chief James Craig accepts two-year contract extension

Police Chief James Craig announced that he would accept a two-year contract extension, keeping him in Detroit until at least 2017. Although the initial extension is only for two years, Chief Craig says he plans on staying in Detroit. Since Chief Craig has been in this position, police response time has been cut in half, and he has brought long-term stability to the Detroit Police Department.

Motor City Makeover was a great success

The effort to help beautify Detroit was a great success during the first three Saturdays of May with a 41-percent increase in volunteers from last year. More than 11,000 volunteers came out for Motor City Makeover and filled 24,000 bags of litter. For the full list of key totals for this year’s beautification effort, visit

Detroit’s Office of Contracting and Procurement streamlines business process

Detroit’s Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) is taking an innovative approach to how the City competitively bids and contracts for goods and services. OCP (formerly the Purchasing Division) is implementing streamlined business processes and is moving to a fully electronic procurement and contracting system. In order to make this possible, the City is implementing a temporary, procurement-focused technology solution – BidSync. This system will be used for all competitive bids and contracts, including contract development, approval, and signatures. This system will act as a bridge to the new financial management system, allowing the City to increase vendor competition, streamline the development and approval of solicitations and contracts, and increase the overall speed and accuracy of our processes.

Update on new rigs for the Detroit Fire Department

The Detroit Fire Department is scheduled to take delivery of several new fire rigs by the end of June. For a peek at how they look as they are being equipped for the road, visit:

Detroit People Mover expands hours of operation this weekend

To accommodate the U.S. National Volleyball Championships, the People Mover will begin service at 7 a.m. from Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. Hours are extended until 1 a.m. Sunday and Monday for the Movement Electronic Music Festival.
Standard operating and business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

What's Coming Up

Board of Police Commissioners meet this Thursday

The Board of Police Commissioners next meeting is Thursday, May 28 at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters. On the agenda is a report from the Tactical Response Unit of the Detroit Police Department.

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