Detroit Police eliminating gang squad, moving officers to other units (video)

The Detroit Police Department will eliminate its gang and tactical…

The Detroit Police Department will eliminate its gang and tactical units to add about 100 officers to homicide, criminal investigations and traffic enforcement, the city announced Wednesday.

“The first phase of the restructuring will immediately add approximately 100 or more officers to patrols and investigations,” said Interim Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan.

The officers redeployed to homicide should increase the city’s ability to close investigations and better link gun-related crimes in the city, he said.

Eliminating the gang squad won’t negatively impact the city’s ability to police gangs, because “intelligence gathering will continue and will be better communicated in a decentralized format,” Logan said.

Read the rest of George Hunter for the Detroit News.

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