DETROIT (WWJ) – As 2013 wraps-up, Detroit will record the city’s fewest number of criminal homicides in several years.
As of Tuesday morning, 332 homicides were reported compared with 384 at the same time last year. The department reported 308 in 2010 and 364 homicides in 2009.
Sgt. Michael Woody is pleased with the progress, telling WWJ Newsradio 950 that those numbers represent lives being saved in the city.
‘These are people,” he said, “so when we say that we’re 53 homicides down, that’s not just 53 homicides. These are 53 lives that we have saved. It’s not just 105 less shootings. We are talking about 105 people that have been spared from gunfire.”
Woody offered this warning:
“To all those criminals out there: Your time is up; it’s over with,” Woody said. “You will no longer just be able to roam the streets and commit the crimes that you had. The violence is over.”
“We are all fed up; we are all done with it; we are over you,” Woody said. “You will either find another place, or you’ll get on board and help make us one of the 10 safest cities in the country.”
Police in Flint also said that city also has experienced a drop in killings in 2013.