DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police Chief James Craig is making major changes, hoping the city will improve its crime statistics.
At a press conference held at Detroit Police Headquarters, Craig announced Eric Jones will be promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of enforcement. Jones is a veteran of the force who most recently worked as an inspector and commander of the Eastern District.
"Instead of being in the top ten most violent, we're going to be in the top ten safest, largest cities. And whoever wants to be part of that, this is the team," said Jones.
Jones' appointment is one of many promotions the chief announced. It's part of a three-phase plan. Chief Craig says the next step will be to make organizational changes. He intends to move away from districts back to precincts, which would once again be headed by captains.
"We're going to drive down and empower those precinct captains to embrace the community, work in partnership," said Craig.
Craig expects the three-prong plan to be completed in 30 days. It will wrap up with a retreat that focuses on the department's vision.