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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced this morning that interim chief Ralph Godbee has been named the permanent Detroit Chief of Police after a 60-day recruitment and search.
“Chief Godbee has demonstrated that he can deliver the results this administration expects and our residents deserve,” Bing said. “Nothing is more important than making Detroit a safe city. Chief Godbee’s data-driven approach and commitment to our community is exactly what we need to continue fighting crime in our neighborhoods.”
However, retired DPD Sergeant David L. Malhalab told WWJ Newsradio 950 that “Ralph Godbee should not be the new Detroit Police Chief, under any circumstances. He is a product of the nepotism, favoritism, cronyism and inbred culture that has plagued the Department for 30 years.”
Godbee was appointed interim-Chief of Police on July 21, 2010. He joined the Detroit Police Department in 1987, ascending to the rank of Assistant Chief in 2007 and was re-appointed Assistant Chief in July
2009 following a brief retirement.
Godbee issued the following statement regarding hisappointment:
“I want to thank Mayor Bing and Deputy Mayor Green for giving me the opportunity to continue my service to the citizens of the city of Detroit as its Chief of Police. I understand the magnitude of the challenges that lie ahead. However, I am extremely optimistic that the goal of a safer Detroit is a reality as we continue to strengthen our
police community relations’ efforts and utilize a data-driven approach toward the delivery of law enforcement services.
I am honored to be selected to lead some of the bravest officers in the United States of America as the Detroit Police Department and the Community joins forces to make an unbeatable team.”
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