The Intersection: Key Events in Detroit Police History [TIMELINE]

Here are some key events in the Detroit Police Department’s recent history.


Timeline compiled by Bill McGraw, Bridge Magazine, and Melissa Mason, WDET.

Image credit: Detroit Free Press

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