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    Visit Detroit at your own risk, police union warns

    By NBC News staff

    The Detroit Police Officers Association is warning citizens and out-of-towners that they enter Detroit at their own risk, saying that the "grossly understaffed" and overworked police force cannot adequately protect the public in the increasingly violent city.

    “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,” DPOA Attorney Donato Iorio told WWJ over the weekend. “The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”

    An analysis of the FBI's Uniform Crime Report data from 24/7 Wall St. indicates that Detroit actually has the second-highest violent crime rate in the country, behind Flint, Mich. Homicide increased by 11 percent in 2011, while robbery and aggravated assault are fourth- and second-highest in the country, respectively, according to the report.

    This summer, city leaders cut the police department's 2012-13 budget by $75 million, to about $340 million, in an attempt to reduce the city's deficits, the Detroit Free Press reported. That forced the department to draw up a budget that will result in the loss of 380 positions through attrition and early retirement.

    Iorio told WWJ hundreds of officers have left the department since the start of summer.

    "Officers are leaving simply because they can’t afford to stay in Detroit and work 12-hour shifts for what they are getting paid," Iorio told WWJ. "These police officers are beyond demoralized. ... They can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public,” he said.

    According to the DPOA's manifesto, Detroit police are the lowest paid of any big city and have to work in what Iorio describes as "deplorable, dangerous and war-like conditions." About a month ago, a judge refused to block the pay cuts for the officers.

    "The state treasurer has threatened Detroit Police Officers with another 10% wage cut for going to court to protect their rights," the DPOA manifesto reads.

    “The explosion in violent crime, the incredible spike in the number of homicides and for officers trying to work 12 hours in such deplorable, dangerous and war like conditions is simple untenable,” Iorio told WWJ.

    Renee Monforton of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau told NBC News that it’s unfortunate that the police union is using such tactics to move its agenda forward.

    “It’s offering an unfair portrayal of a city that’s made a lot of strides in the past couple of years,” she said, noting that companies such as Quicken Loans have recently moved their headquarters and offices to downtown Detroit.

    Getting people to come to Detroit can be a challenge, she said, but once visitors experience the city they are likely to return.

    “People who come here are so pleasantly surprised that we see a lot of repeat visitations,” Monforton said.
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    When I was working New Orleans after Katrina I stayed in the French Quarter and the tourist pamplets in the Motel has a list of attractions you should only goto in groups and never go at night.

    What a special place for a family visit.
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    Good riddance. The city did it to itself. Decades of apathy, rampant corruption and putting all of our eggs in the automotive basket have caught up with the city. Combine that with the "We don't need help from the suburb folk" mentality and this city will one day be a bigger shamble then it already is.
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    "Renee Monforton of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau told NBC News that it’s unfortunate that the police union is using such tactics to move its agenda forward."

    Agenda? ...is that what it's called in Detroit?
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    Detroit still has cops? I would have hoped most have left by now. Lack of manpower, 12-hour shifts with a heavy workload, lack of back-up units, bad pay, bad housing etc......all these things make being a DPD officer way more dangerous than it has to be.
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    Who made the press release? Was it Captain Obvious again?
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    The city is complaining today on the news that ticket revenues are down because cops aren't writing as many tickets and then not showing up to court when they do write tickets.

    Well, if you work mids, and you're running to calls all night, and you get held over at the end of your shift, when are they supposed to sleep?!?!? It's not worth writing tickets, IMO. They went to 12's, but there is just as few cars on the road in any district at any given time. We're talking 4 or 5 cars on duty for a city-sized district.

    Sure, downtown is safe, because there's where a majority of the cops are assigned now to make it look safer. Just don't wander too far away....
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    Detroit is the poster boy for what corruption does to a city. What a shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionheart View Post
    Detroit is the poster boy for what corruption does to a city. What a shame.
    I am sure New Orleans PD can give them a run for their money on that one...just saying.
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    It is unfortunate, but the problems Detroit faces have been brewing for years, and stem from a multitude of issues. These issues have been ignored and have festered for a long time. It seems Detroit will be the first American city to fall into the abyss and into the realm of a third-world existence. I would like to hope there is some way around it, but I doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerohead View Post
    The city is complaining today on the news that ticket revenues are down because cops aren't writing as many tickets and then not showing up to court when they do write tickets.

    Well, if you work mids, and you're running to calls all night, and you get held over at the end of your shift, when are they supposed to sleep?!?!? It's not worth writing tickets, IMO. They went to 12's, but there is just as few cars on the road in any district at any given time. We're talking 4 or 5 cars on duty for a city-sized district.

    Sure, downtown is safe, because there's where a majority of the cops are assigned now to make it look safer. Just don't wander too far away....
    They still make traffic stops in Detroit that aren't felony stops?
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    I am sure New Orleans PD can give them a run for their money on that one...just saying.
    At least New Orleans gets tourists to come to town, Detroit does not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Erik- View Post
    They still make traffic stops in Detroit that aren't felony stops?
    Believe it or not, they have traffic enforcement units. What I heard, though, is that they're so short on manpower, they haven't had enough cops to run those units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerohead View Post
    Believe it or not, they have traffic enforcement units. What I heard, though, is that they're so short on manpower, they haven't had enough cops to run those units.
    Oh no that unit is in full effect. Just the other week I saw them providing escort for a funeral procession. The procession had to be max twenty cars and the city used about ten of the traffic enforcement units to direct them.

    One managed to get into a wreck. Not a major wreck, but someone didn't stop or he entered the intersection I was at to hot and pushed in his front quarter panel good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Erik- View Post
    Oh no that unit is in full effect. Just the other week I saw them providing escort for a funeral procession. The procession had to be max twenty cars and the city used about ten of the traffic enforcement units to direct them.

    One managed to get into a wreck. Not a major wreck, but someone didn't stop or he entered the intersection I was at to hot and pushed in his front quarter panel good.

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