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Detroit Police Department

Mission: To encourage thoughtful decision-making and a strong sense of community responsibility through education, equity empathy, professionalism, transparency, and policing standards properly informed by community input and civic leadership.

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Chief of Police, James E. White
Detroit Police Department

Fast Facts


Established 1865

Serving 620,376 residents (July 2022 U.S. Census data)

2400 sworn members

600 civilian personnel


12 Police Precincts

Patrol 142 square miles

Agency Goals

The Detroit Police Department’s mission is to reduce crime and the fear of crime by working with all citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.

The 5-Point Plan is to assign more police on overtime in the areas of:

  • Increasing Police Presence 

  • Noise Code Violations

  • Parking Lot Owners Who Allow Parties

  • Drag Racing and Drifting

  • More Community Engagement 

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