DETROIT (WXYZ) - A new program being rolled out in Detroit has residents wondering if it will finally be the end to violence in the city.
Just in the past five days there have been eight homicides and 33 non-fatal shootings.
“We need protection because we should not feel like we are living in the wild, wild, west - because we are not,” said Laban King.
People have robbed King and his mother at their Detroit home several times. He has been trying to convince her to move to Canton or Auburn Hills.
They live in the Grandmont-Rosedale community, a neighborhood in Detroit where the homes are a little more upscale, but they still get broken into frequently.
“They broke into my mother’s car as soon as it got out the shop. To the point where the insurance companies thought we were over here committing some type of fraud or something like that,” said King.
Next door to King's home Detroit police held a press conference to announce a new program to stop the home invasions.
If police can stop the lesser crimes, Chief Ralph Godbee said it will lead to a drop in more violent crimes.
“We are swimming upstream from a violent crime stand point. As quickly as we catch one bad guy, the circumstances on the ground continue to feed this monster,” said Chief Godbee.
The community policing project operates on three principles that are the community, the police, and the Michigan Department of Corrections.
It means residents will need to speak up more. Police will make more traffic stops to interact with the community, and officers will make home visits to criminals to tell them to shape up or face the consequences.
The Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families will work to be a resource for the criminals police visit by helping them find jobs and other services they may need to turn their lives around.
The model is based on work done by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a non-profit funding the initiative in Detroit. There will be no cost to the taxpayers.
“It worked in the South Bronx in New York. It’s worked in the Third Ward of Milwaukee. It can work here,” said Michael Allegretti from the Manhattan Institute.
The Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood will be the test community for 90 days.
“I think that 90 days won’t be able to give a full picture of what’s going on, but it’s a start,” said King.
If the program is successful there, it will be implemented across the city and catered to each neighborhoods specific problem with crime.
The 90 day program will start June 4.
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