DETROIT (WWJ) – This week, Wayne State University will be hosting a forum with a focus on crime solution, with some of the nation’s leading experts in law enforcement and criminology.

In the two-day forum “City Under Siege: A University Forum on the Crime Crisis in Detroit” a group of speakers will explore solutions and strategies to reduce the alarmingly high crime rate in Detroit and other urban cities. It takes place on Wayne State’s Detroit campus.

“City Under Siege” will examine Detroit’s future and the possibilities of solving the crime in the city.

Event organizers say for too long, Detroit was on the list of the most dangerous cities in America. Poverty, unemployment, budget cuts and a failing school system have so far made up the majority of Detroit’s crime epidemic.

Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Chrystal Knight, Dr. Irvin Reid, president emeritus at Wayne State University, highlighted a few of the speakers.

“We have William J. Bratton, who’s a former top police guy in Boston, New York and L.A., Chief Ralph Godbee and George Kelling, who’s from the Manhattan Institute. We also wanted a panel who would speak to themselves, so there will be some citizens and some victims,” he said.

Reid also named a couple of noteworthy guest speakers from our state government.

“We have (Wayne County Prosecutor) Kym Worthy, who has to deal with what comes from the police and take to the court. We also have (U.S. Attorney) Barbara Mcquade, who looks at Detroit as a part because she’s the U.S. attorney. She has to look at this and say, is this a national problem even though it’s in Detroit and how do we address that?”

The conference takes place Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21 and is free and open to the public.

Visit this link for more information.


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