Detroit police Chief James Craig releases plan on how to cut crime in city

DETROIT (AP) - Goals for Detroit's police department this year include less crime, quicker response to 911 priority calls and more solved homicides, according to a plan released Thursday by the city's chief.

The 2014 Plan of Action is available to Detroit residents on the city's website, police Chief James Craig said.

Craig, former Cincinnati police chief, was hired in July to lead Detroit's police force. He has pushed for more police presence on city streets, targeting high-crime areas.

A 10-percent drop in overall crime, five-minute 911 call response time and a 70-percent clearance rate for homicides were listed on the action plan. The department also will hire 150 new officers by mid-year and deploy detectives in each of the city's 12 police precincts, according to Craig.

The police department is "committed to working towards a better and safer Detroit for us all," Craig said in a release to city residents. "We recognize there is much work to do and look forward to working with you to ensure that we meet and exceed not only our goals, but your expectations as well."

Craig reported last week that violent and property crimes dropped in 2013 by about 7 percent each. Police response time was cut to about eight minutes.

Investigators now close about half the city's homicide cases.

To read Chief Craig's plan, CLICK HERE .

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