Friday, July 19, 2013
Lack of public safety in black run Detroit
If you're a Detroiter who needs a police officer, it will take 58 minutes to get help - more than five times what it takes elsewhere in the United States. And if you're walking around the city, it might make sense to bring a flashlight - about 40% of the 88,000 street lights don't work. Response times for Emergency Medical Services and the Detroit Fire Department average 15 minutes, which is more than double the 7-minute averages seen in other cities. The police department closes only 8.7% of its criminal cases. The city's violent crime rate is five times the national average, and the highest of any city with a population exceeding 200,000.