INKSTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - About a month before former Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon abruptly called it quits, city leaders were told to get rid of him, according to a scathing report of the police department that 7 Action News has obtained.
The 12-page report, which the city commissioned, looked into its beleaguered police department that Napoleon led for the last three-plus year.
The team from Risk Management Associates, who issued the report, cited “low or no morale” inside the department...a “bunker mentality” throughout. A necessary fix? “Replace police chief.”
The findings were presented to Inkster City Manager Richard Marsh and the City Council May 29. But when Napoleon announced he was resigning as Inkster’s top cop last week, he did not mention the report, and blamed his sudden departure on a lack of police resources and the recent murder of a two-year old girl.
"There are no resources there, the next chief is going to have a very difficult job," Napoleon told 7 Action News Monday night during an interview.
However, rumors swirled that Napoleon may be jumping ship because of the critical report, which was not public at the time he resigned.
Napoleon said the report had nothing to do with his resignation. He also said that he became aware of the report a week ago and plans to respond to it in detail at a later time.
When interviewed last week, Napoleon painted a positive picture of the department.
"Crime is down this year for the first six months, crimes was down last year and crime was down the year before," said Napoleon.
But the report wasn’t as rosy about Napoleon’s job record as he was. In 2012, it says clearance rates were horrific: 23 percent for aggravated assaults, 11 percent for robberies, and zero percent for murders. Those numbers have led citizens to share “a prevailing feeling of chaos and hopelessness,” the report says.
The report also pulled no punches about how the department is operating today, citing an “obvious effort by responding officers not to take reports,” “ineffective and inefficient investigation function,” and that the department “has evolved into the Chief’s private militia.”
The report includes a 13-step “Plan of Action,” such as having the City Council endorse "day-to-day operational control of city business” to the City Manager, and creating a multi-agency task force to combat crime and violence led by an outside agency such as the state.
Sources also tell 7 Action News that Inkster Mayor Hillard Hampton, a former Wayne County commander with the sheriff's department under Benny Napoleon, pulled strings to hire his former employer's brother.
Napoleon says that is not the case.
"It was my resume, and the results that I got," said Napoleon about why he was hired.