Detroit Today: How Detroit reduced crime in its most violent precincts

Officials attribute the decline to its “One Detroit” initiative, an evidence-based program aiming to reduce violent crime in Detroit’s highest crime precincts.

Detroit Police Chief James White gives an update on the One Detroit violence reduction efforts for the summer of 2023.

Detroit’s 8th and 9th precincts saw an approximate 20% reduction and 11% reduction in violent crime, respectively, compared to the same time last year, law enforcement officials reported last week.

At a recent press conference, city, state and local officials attributed the decline – in part – to the One Detroit Violence Reduction Partnership, an evidence-based initiative aiming to reduce violent crime in Detroit’s highest crime precincts.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Dawn Ison, who leads the One Detroit initiative, joins Detroit Today to discuss the program, why it was started, how it works and what they’ve learned so far.

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Guest: Dawn Ison is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Attorney Ison partnered with the City of Detroit to lead the One Detroit Violence Reduction Partnership. Ison says that evidence shows a small number of people, small number of groups, and small clusters of public places contribute to the vast majority of violent crime, which is why the initiative aims to take a more focused approach to enforcement.

“That was strictly our summer enforcement hotspot strategy,” she said. “But we’ve been committed to this strategy throughout the city of Detroit.”

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