Detroit, Michigan

A Technology-Focused Public-Private Partnership to Reduce Crime

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Site LE Agency
Detroit Police Department

Site Researcher
Edmund McGarrell, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Site Focus
Violent Crime

SPI Strategy
Problem-oriented policing, Crime prevention through environmental design

Site Cohort

Site Profile
Large urban area of 138.75 sq. miles with a population of 677,116

Project Overview

Given the impact of violent crime on individuals, families, citizens, neighborhoods, public health and economic revitalization, the Detroit SPI project is designed to significantly reduce levels of fatal and non-fatal shootings and armed robberies. One of the reasons for Detroit’s recent success in reducing levels of crime is the increased use of data and analysis to support proactive policing through the Detroit Police Department's (DPD) Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), Community CompStat, Ceasefire Detroit and similar data-driven strategies. Building on the geographical concentration of these violent crimes, the SPI will extend a pilot project involving a data-driven, police-community partnership with the specific goal of reducing shootings and armed robberies at geographic hotspots throughout the city.

Data Highlight

  • Detroit continue to report among the nation’s highest violent and property crime rates after a decrease in violent crime by 11 percent, and property crime by 25 percent from 2013 to 2015.
  • In 2014, Detroit’s overall violent crime rate of 1,989 incidents per 100,000 residents was approximately six times the national average.