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2014 End of Year Statistics and Projections

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The Detroit Police Department today released crime statistics for 2014.

2014 YEAR-END VIOLENT CRIME STATISTICS:

 

 

2014

2013

2012

Total Death Investigations

361

387

461

Criminal Homicides

300

332

386

Justifiable Homicides

26

15

25

Suicides

27

35

39

Accidental Death

4

3

6

Natural Death

2

2

2

Occurred in another Jurisdiction

2

0

3

Indeterminate

0

0

0


There were 32 less criminal homicides in 2014 compared to 2013 for a reduction of 9.6%.

 

2014

2013

2012

Non-Fatal Shootings

1054

1161

1263







There were 107 less non-fatal shootings in 2014 compared to 2013 for a reduction of 10%.

•    In 2013, Detroit had 332 criminal homicides.  This was a 13.9% decline from the previous year of 386. As indicated in the chart above, Detroit achieved a 9.6% reduction in criminal homicides bringing the total number of criminal homicides for 2014 to one of the lowest in the city of Detroit since 1967.  The homicide clearance rate is 62%, which is a substantial improvement over the 47% that was initially reported in July 2013.

•    At the beginning of the year, DPD set a goal of reducing overall part 1 crime (violent crime and property offenses) by 10%. The Department worked diligently to address those issues that matter most to the citizens and as a result DPD can report a 16% reduction.

VIOLENT OFFENSES   

VIOLENT OFFENSES

2014

2013

Percentage Change

Aggravated Assault

9302

8854

+5%

Robbery

1928

2888

-33%

Sexual Assault

322

351

-9%

Carjacking*

545

782

-31%

TOTAL

12097

12875

-6%


*Carjacking numbers are included in the total robbery numbers.

PROPERTY OFFENSES   

PROPERTY OFFENSES

2014

2013

Percentage Change

Burglary

10725

13277

-19.2%

Stolen Vehicles

10564

12594

-19.2%

Larceny

14603

18324

-20.3%

TOTAL

35892

44195

-18.7%


•    In addition to the drastic decline in criminal homicides, this Department has reached a decline in nearly every major crime category recorded.  This decline is a direct result of DPD officers’ relentless drive and dedication to the people of this great city. Criminals have been put on notice that the Detroit Police Department will not allow them to terrorize our communities.   

•    In recognizing these reductions, it is important to highlight the category of robberies, where there has been a 33% reduction, and the sub category carjackings, which were reduced 31%. This translates to 237 fewer carjackings this year than in 2013 across the city.

•     Another notable decline is non-fatal shootings. In 2013, DPD tallied 1161 non-fatal shootings.  In 2014, that number declined to 1054, equivalent to a 9% reduction.

•    Throughout the year, DPD continued its renowned Operation Restore Order.  This is a large scale operation that is deployed in problematic areas. In 2014, Operation Restore Order was responsible for removing a large amount of weapons, narcotics, and violent criminals from city streets.  

Statistics

Number

Arrests

1139

Juveniles Detained

3

Weapons Recovered

150

Vehicles

4713

People Investigated

7153

Tickets

8245

Narcotics or Narcotic Proceeds

  $4,566,793


•    DPD will continue to conduct these large scale operations in 2015 and address the concerns of the community.

•    DPD has utilized a weekly COMPSTAT process as a tool to identify crime trends within precincts and develop proactive policing approaches to abate those spikes in crime.  COMPSTAT holds the Department’s Executive and Command staff directly accountable for addressing all issues related to crime and for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of their areas of responsibility.

In 2014, the department focused on:

•    Hiring more police officers:
-    The Department hired 125 Police Officers in 2014.

•    Becoming 100% complaint with DOJ Consent Judgments
-    DPD has become 100% in compliance and has risen from the consent judgment, saving upwards of $1 million a year.

•    Reducing response time to approximately 5 minutes for Priority One Calls for Service
-    The Department has improved its response time drastically yet has not achieved the response time it would like.  DPD is currently at about a 17-minute response time to priority 1 calls for service.

•    Opening new precinct buildings for the 5th, 7th and 8th Precincts.
-    DPD is anticipating the grand opening of the new 5th Precinct, located at 3500 Conner on the city's east side this spring.

•    And most importantly, becoming the premier law enforcement agency that this city so rightfully wants and deserves.
-    Not only has DPD reduced crime in Detroit neighborhoods, but the Department has built relationships with its communities that will serve as a blueprint for other departments to follow.

•    In February, DPD began its NPO (Neighborhood Police Officer) Program.  These are designated officers who are specially trained and placed in specific sectors within Precincts.  These officers concentrate on quality of life issues such as blight, noise complaints, neighbor disputes, etc.

•    Who could forget Chief Jayvon Felton?  The 9-year-old little boy was bestowed the honor of Chief for the day.  This young man smiled his way into the hearts of DPD officers when he arrived via helicopter and took his oath as Chief for the day.  Jayvon passed in February, but he will be forever remembered and forever a part of the Detroit Police Department.  

•    From January to April, the Chief's Neighborhood Liaison Office ran CITI Camp, a program designed to teach at-risk youths how to re-focus their disruptive behavior and aggression and foster leadership skills.

•    DPD also started the Lighthouse project in March 2014.  This project, involving 14 businesses, provides safe havens for citizens who may need assistance.

•    DPD joined with the Detroit Board of Education, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. and the Youth Development Commission to develop the Detroit Police Department's Junior Police Cadet Corps.  This program is designed to provide youth participants with a basic educational and work experience that stresses unity, self-discipline and leadership.

Other notable community programs from 2014 are:

•   June 14, 2014, Anti-Gang Basketball Game w/Trick-Trick held at Cass Technical High School

•    Third Annual Coat Drive (Bridging the Gap)

•    November 25, 2014 - Thanksgiving basket giveaway.  DPD provided thirty turkeys and food baskets to Detroit families for Thanksgiving.

•    December 9, 2014 - Launched DPD Connect. The smartphone application connects those that live, work and play in the city with the Detroit Police Department.

•    December 12, 2014 - Helping Heroes/Shop with a Cop

•    December 19, 2014 - Adopt a Domestic Violence Shelter. DPD provided clothing, food and household items to a start-up shelter on the east side of Detroit.

Though DPD had some great successes throughout this year, the Department is not above bringing to light some of the things it has not been able to accomplish. DPD has placed a high priority on closing these open homicide cases in 2015.

Michael Bueglin.  On June 26, 2014, Mr. Bueglin was shot and his semi-truck burned in southwest Detroit in a suspected robbery attempt. This case has had very few leads, no tips and is wide open. A person recently came forward identifying two possible suspects, however the information could not be corroborated.

Don Harrell. On August 29, 2014, Mr. Harrell was gunned down on his way home from work.  There were no witnesses or physical evidence, and it appeared to be a robbery gone badly. It is believed this may be related to a string of robberies occurring in the 12th Precinct during the same time.  

Courtney Lezette. On September 9, 2014, Ms. Lezette was gunned down in her driveway early in the morning while going to work. Her boyfriend has a long narcotic history and under Federal investigation.  It is believed that he was the intended target.

Paige Stalker. On December 22, 2014, Ms. Stalker, a 16-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms teen, was killed on the east side of the city while sitting in a vehicle.  DPD homicide officers have received and investigated numerous tips from Crime Stoppers.  

Christina Samuel. (Indiana Tech Criminal Justice Student). On December 24, 2014, Ms. Samuel was shot in a vehicle on Carlisle Street on the city’s east side on Christmas Eve. It appears her male associate was the intended target, and she was hit in the crossfire.

The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in bringing to justice those responsible for these heinous crimes. Individuals with any information are encouraged to call (313) 596-2260, submit an anonymous tip through DPD Connect or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

"We have accomplished many things in 2014 and yet we recognize there is much work still to be done. In 2015, we vow to continue to move forward. We will forge a path that will be a model for other departments across the country to follow," said DPD Chief James Craig. "When I arrived I made a vow to make this city one of the safest major cities in America.  I believe that that goal is within grasp, and we will continue to strive towards accomplishing just that." 

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Information at (313) 596-2200.

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