December 12, 2012 By News Staff
In an effort to drop Detroit's homicide rate, the city will open police mini-stations -- and six mini-stations were opened on Dec. 5, the day Mayor Dave Bing made the announcement.
Another seven mini-stations -- which will be located in recreation centers, shopping centers and other facilities in high-crime areas -- are scheduled to open during the next six months. Each station will be staffed with a permanent police officer, a police reservist and a volunteer, according to UPI.
The announcement was made on the same day four people were found dead in a house on the east side of the city, bringing the city's yearly total to 362 homicides. Detroit's homicide rate per capita is among the highest in the country, with one for every 1,970 residents, a ratio 10 times greater than that of New York City. Despite high crime rates and a seeming need for more law enforcement, Detroit police received 10 percent salary cuts over the summer as part of Bing's plan to save the city $102 million.
"There are problems all over this city," Charles Rattee, an east side resident, told UPI. "The bad economy is partly to blame for all the crime, but I also think it's the people in charge. There's a lot of mishandling, and a bunch of ignorant smart people running things."
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