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"Secure Cities" program helping reduce violent crime in Michigan communities

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
State senators listen to testimony about efforts to reduce violent crime in Michigan.

State lawmakers are looking at the effectiveness of a Michigan State Police program aimed at reducing violent crime.

Since 2012, through the Secure Cities program, state troopers have helped cities like Detroit and Flint with day-to-day patrol and investigations.

On Wednesday, Capt. Gene Kapp told the state Senate Appropriations Committee the program is working in some of Michigan’s most violent communities.

“We believe our model has driven down violent crime and property crime,” says Kapp, “The success has been so much in those four cities (Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, Saginaw) that we are carrying that model across the state to other cities, Hamtramack, Inkster, Benton Harbor, just to say a few.”

Not everywhere is a success. Pontiac has seen a sharp increase in homicides this year. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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