DETROIT (WWJ) – Virtual police precincts go into effect in Detroit in one week. WWJ’s Beth Fisher reports that police say a test of the program has gone well.

Police are encouraging citizens to use a telephone crime reporting unit at home or in the precinct between 4 p.m. and 8a.m. for non-life threatening crimes:

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“There will be reduced numbers of officers inside the precincts and district – those officers will be reallocated to patrol … we will have very, very limited service available to the public,” said Police Chief Ralph Godbee.

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Godbee says the precincts will be open but anyone wanting to report a crime will be pre-screened and recorded over a phone – once inside the precinct – the idea being to allocate officers on the streets for serious crimes.

Godbee says citizens should call the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit at (313) 267-4600 when there is no immediate threat to life, property or public safety. The line should be used to report crimes that have already occurred.

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Godbee says this system will be more service friendly and gets more cops out on the streets– something, he says, residents have wanted.