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Motor City Implements Proven "Broken Windows" Policing Strategy

In the 1980s, George Kelling, along with the late James Q. Wilson, developed an innovative order maintenance policy that came be to be known as "broken windows" policing, which ultimately led to radical crime reduction in New York City and Los Angeles. Broken-windows policing is now widely recognized as an effective approach to public safety, crime prevention, and crime intervention. Over time, this approach has evolved into a holistic community policing model in many cities.

Similarly, the Manhattan Institute is proud to be closely associated with Compstat, a data-driven police management approach that uses crime analysis, information sharing, and accountability to ensure that police departments focus on preventing crimes, rather than simply responding to them.  Thanks to a close working relationship with former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and police commissioner William Bratton, whose successors have effectively continued and refined the policies, broken windows policing and Compstat are now increasingly central tools to any effective police department.

The Manhattan Institute has long taken a special interest in cities and their citizens. In Detroit, the Institute sees an opportunity to help one of America’s most important cities return to economic prosperity, strengthen its civic fabric, and thrive once again. Thriving cities are key to thriving regions and societies. In an effort to revive Detroit's neighborhoods, the Detroit Police Department has partnered with the Manhattan Institute to develop a long-range strategy to reduce fear, prevent crime and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

At no cost to the taxpayers of Detroit, the Manhattan Institute is funding an outreach team that is sharing its expertise in criminology and policy implementation. George Kelling, the Manhattan Institute's loaned executive to the City of Detroit, and Michael Allegretti, the Manhattan Institute’s Director of the Center for State and Local Leadership, are currently implementing two pilot programs in the Northwest neighborhood of Grandmont-Rosedale and the Northeast neighborhood of East English Village. The pilot programs, implemented in collaboration with the Detroit Police Department and community groups, aim to stem the rise of home invasions by increasing the felt presence of the police, engaging community members in problem solving, and focusing special attention on the neighborhoods’ most at risk offenders. These pilot programs have been running since Summer 2012 and Winter 2013 respectively, and are expected to continue until the end of 2013.

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JULY 2014
OP-ED:
Detroit's Rising With Investment, Michael Allegretti and J. Scott Moody, Detroit News, 7-11-14
MEDIA:
First signs of a Detroit recovery?, Washington Examiner, 7-15-14
Rebuilding Detroit, WDET (NPR Michigan) interviewed Michael Allegretti, 7-15-14
EVENT:
Detroit Rising Event, July 17-18, 2014

SEPTEMBER 2013
OP-ED:
Addressing Detroit's Crime Problem, Michael Allegretti, RealClearPolicy.com, 9-3-13

JUNE 2013
Detroit Police Department Announces One Year Results: 26 Percent Reduction in Home Invasions

PRESS RELEASE:
Community Policing Pilot Program Reduces Crime by Double Digits in First Twelve Months, 6-27-13
PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO:
Grandmont-Rosedale community policing project, one year later 6-27-13
MEDIA:
Philanthropy Keeps the Lights on in Detroit, Philanthropy, Winter 2014 The police, they are a-changin', MSN.com, 9-11-13
Talking "Stop-and-Frisk" & DPD Policy with the Manhattan Institute, WDET, 8-23-13
EM tells chief to reorganize Detroit Police Department, Detroit News, 7-27-13
Detroitís Future Could Depend on 'Stand Your Ground', The Fiscal Times, 7-24-13
Detroit police chief pledges to end virtual precincts, reopen 24-hour stations, Detroit Free Press, 7-13-12
Detroit's new police chief vows quick changes 'to reduce crime, Detroit News, 6-27-13
Detroit to expand community policing program after decline in home invasions, Detroit Free Press, 6-27-13
Incoming Detroit police chief gets jump start on job, WDIV, 6-27-13
Chief James Craig: I will commit to you that the Detroit Police Department will change, MLive.com, 6-27-13
Grandmont-Rosedale community policing program reduces crime in one-year, MLive.com, 6-27-13
New police program in Detroit proves effective, Michigan Radio 91.7 FM (NPR), 6-27-13

SEPTEMBER 2012
Preliminary Results from Community Policing Initiative in Grandmont-Rosedale Neighborhood Shows 32% Reduction in Home Invasions, 120 Days After Launch

PRESS RELEASE:
Innovative Community Policing Pilot Program Shows Promising Reduction In Crime, 9-20-12
MEDIA:
Ralph Godbee's good-bye, Detroit Free Press, 10-8-12
One Detroit neighborhood is fighting back on crime … and winning, The Detroit Hub, 9-25-12
Detroit officials tout community policing effort, Detroit News, 9-21-12
Godbee: Police must be aggressive, but fair, Detroit Free Press, 9-21-12
Detroit Police: Home invasions in Grandmont-Rosedale down, myFOXDetroit, 9-20-12
Program boasts 32% fewer home invasions in part of northwest Detroit, Detroit Free Press, 9-20-12
Officials to discuss crime-fighting program, Wane.com (Associated Press), 9-20-12
Crime Forum Gets Underway At Wayne State, CBS Detroit, 9-20-12
Police officials to discuss results of Detroit's 'Broken Windows' pilot crime-fighting program, WDIV (NBC), 9-20-12
Officials to discuss crime-fighting program, WWMT (Associated Press), 9-20-12
29 murders end Detroit's violent summer, Detroit News, 9-20-12
Do Good Detroit: Neighborhood Safety Meeting, Detroit Free Press's "Do Good Detroit, 9-19-12

JUNE 2012
Community Policing Initiative, Focused on Stemming Home Invasions, Launched in Grandmont-Rosedale Neighborhood of Detroit

PRESS RELEASE:
Motor City to Implement Proven "Broken Windows" Policing, 5-22-12
MEDIA:
Broken Windows Theory of Community Policing Will Get Major Test in Detroit, Detroit Free Press, 5-24-12
Detroit Community Policing Effort To Address Home Invasions With Pilot Program In Grandmont-Rosedale, Huffington Post, 5-23-12
90-day pilot program in Detroit aims to curb home invasions, Detroit Free Press, 5-23-12
Detroit racks up eight killings, 33 shootings in last five days, Detroit News, 5-23-12
Detroit Looks To Take 'Big Apple' Bite Out Of Crime, WWJ Newsradio 950 AM, 5-23-12
A new community policing project could be the answer to stopping the violence in Detroit, WXYZ ABC Ch. 7, 5-22-12 (Watch the segment)
Community Policing Coming to the Motor City, WJBK FOX Ch. 2, 5-22-12 (Watch the segment)
Detroit police chief says aim is to crack down on smaller crimes, WDIV NBC Ch. 4, 5-22-12 (Watch the segment)
Detroit Police to Launch Crime Reduction Initiative Today Based On 'Broken Window' Theory, Detroit Free Press, 5-22-12

DECEMBER 2011
Detroit Neighborhood and Detroit Police Department Partner with Manhattan Institute to Develop Long-Range Strategy to Reduce Fear, Prevent Crime and Improve Quality of Life in Motown

MEDIA:
Detroit Trying 'Broken Windows' Community Policing, Associated Press, 2-12-12
Despite Drop in Crime, Detroit Homicides Up 12%, Detroit Free Press, 1-14-12
Serious crimes down in Detroit, The Detroit News, 1-14-12

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For more information contact Raymond Niemiec at 646-839-3335 or at rniemiec@manhattan-institute.org.

 

 
 

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