DPD makes major staff changes

DPD makes major staff changes

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Detroit Police Chief James Craig made the announcement today - the Detroit Police Department is getting a major overhaul.

Eighteen commanders will be reduced to nine. Six deputy chiefs will be reduced to three. Six precincts will also be expanded to twelve and will all be open 24 hours a day. There will be a strike force to respond to hot spots and a crime analysis bureau to identify those hot spots. Detectives will also return to the neighborhoods.

Craig says the promotions are based on merit, experience and performance. The reductions will save the people of Detroit one million dollars in salaries a year.

"It's over. To the folks that want to be violent predators in our community: Leave Detroit. You are not welcome here. You either get on the team or leave. This team will not let you rest," Craig said during the announcement.

Click on the video player above to hear more from Chief Craig and to watch Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff's report.

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