Detroit Evening Report: Violent crime down 30-70% in Detroit areas served by ShotStoppers, report shows

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

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

Violent crime has dropped between 30-70% in most areas served by Detroit’s ShotStoppers program, according to new data released by the city.

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The report said five of the city’s six Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Zones – areas that consistently experience the most violent crime – saw significant reductions in homicides and non-fatal shootings during the program’s third quarter, Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison announced on Thursday.

The report looks at homicides and shootings in the CVI and non-CVI areas for the timeframe of Feb. 1 through April 30, 2024, and compares them against the same period one year earlier. Detroit police officials say participating groups reduced violent crime in their areas by at least 10% more than areas without the community intervention programs. 

Dujuanzoe Kennedy is a leader with the group FORCE Detroit. He says conflict resolution is the biggest factor in the reduction rates. 

“Law enforcement does a good job at monitoring crime and addressing crime. We do a good job monitoring disrespect and addressing disrespect. We get ahead of conflicts like that.” 

The groups will be receiving additional funding — up to $175,000 from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act — to support their efforts.

The four ShotStopper groups receiving the money are FORCE Detroit, Detroit 300, Detroit Friends and Family, and New Era Community Connection. Specifically, Force Detroit saw a 67% reduction, New Era saw a 53% reduction, Detroit 300 saw a 42% reduction, and Detroit Friends and Family saw a 33% reduction, according to the city.

Detroit Peoples Community saw a 22% reduction, which the city called “encouraging,” but does not result in them earning a performance bonus for the quarter.

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  • The city of Detroit is teaming up with the Gilbert Family Foundation to offer free will and estate planning services to city residents. 
  • Michigan State Rep. Stephanie Young is hosting a Gun & Domestic Violence Prevention Panel Discussion and Resource Fair from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday June 22, at Historic Pure Word Missionary Baptist Church, 20011 Grand River Ave., Detroit. To RSVP email 

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  • 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.