Detroit Police Working with Council on Security Ordinance - Fox 2 News Headlines

Detroit Police Working with Council on Security Ordinance

Posted: Updated:
WJBK Fox 2 -

Detroit's Board of Police Commissioners opened their meeting with a prayer that violence in Detroit will subside, but the carjacking and robbery of Pastor Marvin Winans and the recent string of deadly shootings, home invasions and other violent crimes have people in the neighborhoods crying out for help.

"I'm all upset. [There are] too many people getting killed here in Detroit," said one resident.

Another resident on Detroit's east side is so fed up he posted a sign that reads, "This city is infested by crack heads. Secure your belongings and pray for your life. Your legislators won't protect you."

"Everybody's been talking for years and years and years as things are getting worse and worse and worse," said Andrew Ventura. "It's time to end it now."

Police Chief Ralph Godbee says the Winans case points to a major trouble spot in the city. He says businesses that are open around the clock need extra protection.

"There are certain areas that are target rich environments -- gas stations, 24 hour establishments, Coney Islands. Things of that nature, there should be some requirement that they have a certain level of security."

He says the police department is working with city council on an ordinance that would require exterior surveillance cameras and security, even uniformed officers at places that are open all night.

The chief says right now violent crime is on par with last year -- 119 murders since the start of 2012. What's down is the number of officers. There are 300 fewer officers on the street and more cuts on the way.

"When you have the resources we have, we can't be everywhere at the same time."

The chief says he's about to lose another $75-million from the police department budget and another 352 officers. He says with help from state police, the sheriff's department, U.S. Marshals and the FBI, they're doing their best to watch over Detroit.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:42:59 GMT
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
  • PACE program tax credits allow for law firm building's green makeover

    PACE program tax credits allow for law firm building's green makeover

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:27:40 GMT
    From the ground, the 1-800-Law-Firm building on Lahser between I-696 and Northwestern looks like a typical office building. Until you look from a different angle.Fox 2 climbed to the roof on a sunny afternoon to check out these newly installed solar panels, expected to offset half of the building's energy costs.They're part of a $1 million green makeover, but the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program, makes them more affordable. Kevin O'Connor, marketing director from the 1-800-Law-F...
    From the ground, the 1-800-Law-Firm building on Lahser between I-696 and Northwestern looks like a typical office building. Until you look from a different angle.Fox 2 climbed to the roof on a sunny afternoon to check out these newly installed solar panels, expected to offset half of the building's energy costs.They're part of a $1 million green makeover, but the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program, makes them more affordable. Kevin O'Connor, marketing director from the 1-800-Law-F...
  • One dead, one wounded in armed robbery of Detroit tire shop

    One dead, one wounded in armed robbery of Detroit tire shop

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-08-26 11:24:56 GMT
    The Easy Pay Tire Shop on Livernois and Tireman was closed for business Monday as family members grieved the shooting death of Michael Cople.
    The Easy Pay Tire Shop on Livernois and Tireman was closed for business Monday as family members grieved the shooting death of Michael Cople.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices