DPD Celebrates Low Arrests for Weekend Events

The Detroit Police Department says arrests in Downtown were record-breaking low during this weekend.

Bre’Anna Tinsley/ WDET

The Detroit Police Department says only one arrest was made downtown during the River Days and Fireworks celebration weekend. Police Chief James Craig says just four juveniles were detained for curfew violations Monday night compared to 158 that were detained during last year’s festivities.

He says volunteers helped supervise events allowing officers to focus on maintaining safety without imposing an early curfew.

“The whole issue of curfew is a tool,” Craig says. “It’s a tool that we can use or a tool we don’t have to use and so we showed, not just here in Detroit, but the world that we didn’t have to use that.”

Craig says more than 165 people signed up to be Volunteer Angels to help oversee the events.


  • Bre'Anna Tinsley
    Bre'Anna Tinsley is a reporter for Detroit Public Radio, 101.9 WDET. She covers city government and housing, as well as co-hosting the "Detroit Evening Report" podcast.