DETROIT — Today, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison, with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Kenyatta Stephens, CEO Black Family Development, Detroit Police Chief James E. White, Alvin Stokes, Citywide President, Detroit Citywide Police Community Relations Council, Heidi E. Washington, director of the Michigan Department of Corrections, and Bishop Edgar Vann, Second Ebenezer Church, announced a community partnership called “One Detroit” designed to reduce violent crime in the city through a multifaceted crime prevention program, re-entry services for returnees citizens and focused law enforcement.
Joining the announcement were Kenyatta Stephens, Executive Director of Black Family Development, Inc.; Special Agent in Charge James A. Tarasca, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division; Special Agent in Charge James M. Deir, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Detroit Division; Orville O. Greene, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Division; and Sheryl Jones, director, Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and Ceasefire Detroit.
One Detroit is the United States Attorney’s Office’s comprehensive violence reduction initiative that connects evidence-based strategies with a coalition of community, government and law enforcement stakeholders. The core of the initiative is partnership. By bringing together government, community and law enforcement leaders and aligning their work, the One Detroit partnership will work to reduce violence through engagement, coordination and action.
The One Detroit partnership is an effort to revitalize and strengthen the Detroit One initiative by incorporating lessons learned since this effort was announced 10 years ago. A Detroit, like the previous effort, includes aggressive investigation and prosecution of the relatively small number of individuals responsible for the most violence. But the One Detroit partners recognize that violence must be prevented, not just punished. And so, the One Detroit partners will also develop and foster meaningful community relationships, promote prevention and intervention programs, and emphasize prisoner reentry programs that engage the community.
One Detroit will focus on leveraging the resources, skills and capabilities of program stakeholders to reduce crime and make our residents and city safer.
A key aspect of this strategy is to increase efforts to prevent crime. The One Detroit prevention effort, led by the City of Detroit, along with community leaders such as Bishop Vann and Black Family Development, will seek to reduce crime through decontamination, community engagement, job training and collaboration. The partnership includes community members, faith leaders, law enforcement and representatives from intervention/outreach organizations. Through open dialogue with these partners, we will better understand the underlying causes of violent crime in society and work together to develop comprehensive solutions to address them. The partners will deter violence through open communication about law enforcement strategies with the community and with those most at risk of becoming involved in violence. And the partners will work to offer alternatives to crime to those in the neighborhoods hardest hit by violence.
Importantly, One Detroit will also be focused on providing opportunities and assistance to those citizens returning to our community from incarceration. Led by the Michigan Department of Corrections, One Detroit will work to ensure that returning citizens have the employment, job training and support they need to fully reintegrate into society. Helping those who have served their time return to their families and become contributing members of their communities is one of the most effective means of reducing crime in Detroit and across the Eastern District of Michigan.
The third aspect of One Detroit is an enforcement strategy targeting the most dangerous offenders in the areas of the city suffering the most from violent crime or facing the prospect of increased crime. The One Detroit partnership will work together to focus its law enforcement efforts on the relatively few individuals and groups who engage in the most violence, rather than the entire community. It will involve close coordination between federal and local law enforcement to identify new violent offenders or trends in particular neighborhoods. The partnership will also draw on the expertise of local officers who have extensive experience in the communities they serve. And it will pair that personal knowledge with technology like the National Integrated Ballistics Identification Network (NIBIN) and evidence-based tools like Gunstat. By implementing this data-driven and intelligence-based approach, law enforcement will be able to focus on the small number of people who engage in violence.
This strategy is part of the US Attorney’s Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. PSN continues to be the focal point of the Ministry of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. Through the PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. PSN is an evidence-based program that focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with community-based prevention and reentry programs to pursue lasting reductions in crime.
“One Detroit seeks to disrupt violence in our neighborhoods by focusing law enforcement resources on the drivers of violent crime, supporting community-based solutions to crime prevention, and ensuring that individuals returning from prison have adequate support to take full advantage of their new opportunities ,” said US Attorney Dawn Ison. “We need a more mindful approach to violence reduction that recognizes that law enforcement cannot be the only solution to keeping our communities safe. Through this partnership, we will continue to aggressively prosecute those who refuse to stop the violence, but we also strives to strengthen local communities and provide opportunities to make our communities and residents safer,” continued Ison.
“The most sustainable way to reduce violent crime is to get the people who commit it to change their own behavior,” said Mayor Duggan. “For some, being given a pathway to an opportunity after being incarcerated can lead to that change. For others, it can be the certainty of being arrested and imprisoned if they reoffend. Effective crime reduction must be a community-wide effort , and I am grateful. to US Attorney Dawn Ison for her leadership in forming this partnership between law enforcement agencies and community organizations.”
“As a One Detroit partner, Black Family Development, Inc. is committed to providing basic needs (food, clothing, shelter), mental health and substance abuse treatment, mobile health services, a network for young men of color, and social-emotional counseling in support of prevention and re-entry for Detroit residents and families affected or at risk of being affected by gun violence,” said Kenyatta Stephens.
“I have always known and understood that we must work together with law enforcement, community stakeholders and faith leaders if we are to fight crime and protect our citizens. The One Detroit initiative is important because it takes an approach that includes intervention programs as well as programs for returning prisoners to effectively fight crime,” said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
“It still takes a village,” Alvin Stokes said.
“The Detroit Police Department looks forward to becoming part of the One Detroit partnership and will continue to strategically target the dangerous offenders who victimize our community and work to ensure they are held accountable for their actions,” said Detroit Police Chief James E. White. “Combining the hard work of our officers, our data-driven technology-enabled approach and this partnership will help us in our mission to make Detroit a safer place.”
“We are proud to share our expertise and our agents’ time and talents as partners in this type of focused and targeted action against those who engage in violence in Detroit,” said Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington. “We are also focused in our efforts to provide resources, education and training so that individuals have a way to support themselves and their families rather than feeling the need to resort back to a life of crime so that we can create real long-term public safety in this great city.”
“One Detroit is a powerful collaboration between government, the US Attorney’s Office, law enforcement departments, community activists and stakeholders, and the latest cutting-edge technology. But let this initiative also send a powerful message to ‘heads and hearts’ throughout this city and region , as this becomes a movement. Think before you act. Inhumanity has consequences. “Stop the violence. Increase peace,” said Bishop Edgar Vann.
“ATF’s core priority is protecting our communities from violent crime,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge James Deir, “We are proud to participate in One Detroit, a collaborative crime-fighting initiative between our federal, state and local partners.”
“Law enforcement and community partners are working together to fight crime in the most violent areas of Detroit,” said James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. “The FBI contributes to this effort by not only targeting those who commit armed robberies of businesses, along with the leadership of gangs and criminal enterprises, but also by engaging with schools, youth groups and community groups. In doing so, we work together to ensure our neighborhoods are safer places for everyone to live and work.”
“The enforcement aspect of One Detroit is focused on the few bad actors who cause the most harm, and often these individuals are drug traffickers who use violence and intimidation to expand their markets. The DEA will work with federal, state and local partners to pursue the worst offenders and make metro Detroit a safer community,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Orville Greene.