Detroit on Track for Fewest Homicides in Over 50 Years

Dec. 5, 2023
If the trend holds, Detroit will have the fewest murders since 1966 when there were 214, and officials credit the drop to a partnership between the city, Wayne County and the state.

DETROIT—The city of Detroit is on track to record its fewest yearly homicides in more than 50 years, officials said.

Through Nov. 30, Detroit had recorded 228 homicides — an 18% decrease over the same period in 2022, The Associated Press reports. If the trend holds, the city will have the fewest homicides since 1966 when there were 214. The next fewest happened in 2018 when there were 261.

Officials credit a partnership between the city, Wayne County and the state that improves coordination among policing agencies, prosecutors and courts, the report said. It also has resulted in a 36% drop in carjackings and 13% decrease in non-fatal shootings, officials said.

“This collaboration is unique in that issues are identified, solutions discussed, and these solutions are implemented,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “It is not just talk, talk, talk. The people at the table are the decision makers and significant work is done at each meeting.”

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