DETROIT – For the first time in eight years, there is a new chief in the Detroit Police Department (DPD).
As of Tuesday, Acting Police Chief James White is in charge of the department following the retirement of James Craig.
Former DPD Police Chief James Craig officially retired on Tuesday.
Craig has been in law enforcement for 44 years. White will assume the role of interim police chief until a board of police commissioners and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan work to find a permanent replacement. White is the former Detroit Deputy Police Chief.
“The first thing I did was meet the staff and say hello to everyone,” White said.
No major changes were announced on White’s first day.
With White’s background in counseling and mental health, Detroit could send mental health professionals with agents on mental health calls. However, there will be a lot to do in this.
“Any discussion of adding mental health professionals with officers,” Local 4 News asked White.
In response, White said, “It’s a fantastic idea. You will not have mental health professionals in place of the police. Of course, you will have them alongside the police.
Then the chief says he wants his officers to be visible in the cruise quarters and speak to residents.
He says gun violence is a huge problem that he needs to tackle.
“We’re going to target the hot spots, absolutely,” White said. “We need to reduce this gun violence, we are going to do it by targeting high crime areas. “
White must compete for this job. He is not yet the full-time chef.
“I don’t need to be distracted. We have crime to fight, drop the chips where they can, ”he said.
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