Working to make Michigan safer for our families

July 6, 2016

By Tanya Baker

The latest Michigan Incident Crime Reporting system report shows a decrease in violent crime rates for nearly every city involved in Governor Snyder’s Secure Cities Partnership.

Overall, there was a three percent decrease in statewide violent crimes between 2014 and 2015, and as much as a 15 percent decrease among some Secure Cities, as shown in the table below.

Announced by the Governor in March 2012, the Secure Cities Partnership aims to reduce crime and improve public safety in the cities of Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, and Saginaw, and the roadways that connect them. Since then based on its success, the initiative has been expanded to include Benton Harbor, Inkster, and Muskegon Heights, and will soon expand further to include Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park.

Through the partnership, the Michigan State Police partners with the city police department to attack crime from three distinct angles: proactive patrols, timely investigative resource deployment and community engagement to create a safer environment and improve the quality of life.

While these cities still struggle with unacceptable rates of violent crime, today we’re seeing significant reductions in violent crime in nearly all of these communities.

“Through the continuation of stepped-up enforcement efforts, it’s our hope that Michigan residents in these cities are afforded a greater quality of life,” Snyder said. “We’ve come a long way since 2012, but there’s more work to be done to ensure the utmost level of public safety.”