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Residents React To Detroit Homicide Rate

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Residents packed a Detroit church Tuesday night to hear from the city’s police chief and his staff on the latest crime stats, and solutions to reducing crime. WWJ’s Stephanie Davis has the story from the town hall.

Residents were told that the homicide rate has increased 15 percent over this time last year.

“There is nobody from southwest Detroit coming up in the city, doing mean things to us, and to use that phrase, nobody from the hostile suburbs coming in here preying on us, it is us … preying on us,” said Detroiter Tom Wilson.

Deputy police chief James Tolbert announced at the meeting a new strategy to get more officers on the street:

“We’re going to take individuals throughout the entire department who work administration and for eight hours a week every individual who works in an administrative capacity will be working patrol,” said Tolbert.

Wilson says the community has to step up to help police.

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