Understaffed Detroit Police Say Enter the City at Your Own Risk
A recent report by the Detroit Police Officers Association offers a strict warning to those who plan to visit the city, saying that due to “grossly understaffed” and overworked law enforcement, people now enter the Motor City at their own risk.
“Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country, and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” said DPOA attorney Donato Iorio. “The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”
Over the summer, city officials reduced the police department’s budget by nearly $75 million in an attempt to attack the city’s large deficit. Because of this, local law enforcement was forced to make cuts resulting in the elimination of nearly 400 jobs.
“Officers are leaving simply because they can’t afford to stay in Detroit and work 12-hour shifts for what they are getting paid,” said Iorio. “These police officers are beyond demoralized. They can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public.”
Detroit law enforcement is among the lowest-paid big-city police forces in the nation, serving a city with the second-highest violent-crime rate in the country (just behind Flint, Michigan) according to recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.