Cincinnati's James Craig announces he will become Detroit's Police Chief

(WXYZ) - A new top cop for Detroit has been selected. Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig has announced that he is returning here to his hometown of Detroit to become the next police chief.

Detroit is where James Craig was born and raised and began his career in law enforcement as a police officer.

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Craig says he is very excited to come back to Detroit to run the Detroit Police Department. He says being close to his aging parents and his siblings was a big draw in his decision to return.

"It's really an opportunity to finish my police career in the city that I love... and make a difference," Craig said.

He also says he will be committed to the rank and file in Detroit and will work to change morale within the department.

Craig says he will be focused on tackling crime.

"We will have to really go in and reduce violence... and that's the priority.

Craig's hiring had to be approved by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who released the following statement:

Let me first thank and commend Chief Chester Logan for his decades of service to the city. Chief Logan has selflessly returned from his well-deserved retirement to help lead the Detroit Police Department and we should all be grateful for that.

Public safety is, of course, a paramount concern.  This is why I am very excited that Chief James Craig of Cincinnati has accepted our offer to be the next chief of the Detroit Police Department.  Chief Craig understands the needs of a large, urban police force having coming up through the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department and having been the top-cop in Portland, Maine and Cincinnati. His accomplishments in and accolades for reducing crime and improving community-police relations precede him.  But just as important is the fact that Chief Craig is a Detroiter.  He's a graduate of Cass Technical High School and the Detroit Police Academy and served as a Detroit police officer.

Chief Craig brings the experience we need to lead the Department and expedite its exit from federal oversight.  He will build bridges with the community and brings with him a proven track record of fighting and reducing crime.

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