Mayor pushing police to live in Detroit.

These brave women and men already work in the city…

These brave women and men already work in the city of Detroit — and now, Mayor Dave Bing wants police officers to live in the city as well.
Bing has been vocal about his desire to get police officers to move back into the city, and now he’s taking action by announcing a new incentive plan to get them to live where they work.

Currently, 53 percent of Detroit Police officers commute to work from the suburbs, and Bing says the number is even higher for firefighters.
As part of a pilot program called “Project 14″ Detroit cops and firefighters who live in the suburbs will be offered renovated homes in the city for as little as $1,000.

Mayor Bing said this is one step in a plan to revitalize Detroit.

“Project 14 is one approach that my administration is deploying to take two challenges facing Detroit — public safety and vacant homes — and turn them into an opportunity for neighborhood revitalization,” Mayor Bing said.

“There are steps that we can and must take today to improve the quality of life for our citizens. That’s why I am announcing Project 14 — an initiative designed to encourage Detroit Police officers to live in the communities in which they serve,” Bing said.

Source: CBS Detroit.

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  • Jeff

    Mr Blue, if this doesn’t work the city will inevitably just move to make prospects for promotion based on residency. I’m all for respecting one’s responsibility to family but everyone has a responsibility to their community. The ideal situation, would be for all the police in suburbs to move back into the city, their families would be that much safer if they all did, especially if they have a say in the part of town they all move to.

  • The punchline to this story is that the Board of Police Commission Chair’s residency is being investigated by the City Council. By law, he is required to live in the city. According to a news report last night, he is registered to vote, has his name in the White pages, has a car registered, and lists a home as his primary residence ALL IN THE SUBURBS. Don’t you love irony.

  • cc19

    There is a reason why Robocop’s setting was where it was…

  • Mr. Blue

    Is a cheap house worth the lives of your family? I’d stay in the suburbs.

  • AngryWhiteMale

    And I thought L.A. was bad…….