DETROIT (WXYZ) - Tuesday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing addressed the public from the Max M. Fisher Music Center in his State of the City address.
He opened by saying, “As we gather this evening to report on the state of our city, it would be premature to say that we have done all we need to do to restore Detroit to its rightful place as one of America’s greatest cities. We are a work in progress.”
However the mayor indicated that signs of progress are evident, stating that as promised, the city is in the process of consolidating all public safety operations under one roof.
He cited a decline in homicides by 15% and overall shootings by 17%.
Mayor Bing stated measurable improvements have been seen because of three major initiatives:
Number one: Chief Godbee’s demand that compliance issues are met. Mayor Bing indicated the police department will be in full compliance by the end of the year, as opposed to the 29% compliance rate in 2009.
Number two: Management procedures that will move sworn officers from desk jobs back to police work. This initiative will add the equivalent of 120 officers and transition civilians into administrative roles, “allowing us to return uniformed personnel to the street,” said the mayor.
Number three: Project 14 — an incentive to move Detroit Police Officers back into the city. Bing said he is encouraging DPD to “live where they work.”
The mayor went on to offer these words of inspiration, “Detroit is a city of great faith and resolve. It is time to channel that spirit to develop a blueprint for our future and reestablish Detroit as the worlds’ most innovative city.”
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.