Mayor Bing and Interim Police Chief announce changes in Detroit Police Department

(WXYZ) - Mayor Dave Bing and Interim Police Chief Chester Logan held a news conference Thursday to announce some changes in the Detroit Police Department.

The mayor announced a restructuring plan that includes assigning two Assistant Police Chiefs and putting more officers on the street.

Former Deputy Chief Janice Butler, who is coming back from retirement, will be Assistant Chief of Administration.

Deputy Chief Paul Wells will be Assistant Chief of Patrols. Assistant Chief Wells has 27 years of service.
Assistant Chief Butler has 25 years of service.

All together 26 officers were promoted.  Bing says the moves will improve operations and effectiveness as well as save money.  

The appointments are pending approval by the police commissioners.

In 2013, the police department will conduct exams for aspiring sergeants and lieutenants.  Early next year, a new police academy will begin which will eventually bring in more officers.

A permanent police chief will not be announced for at least another three months. A thorough selection process must take place first.

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