On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, The Police Chief accompanied both the President of the City Council and the local Mayor, along with dozens of police officers who can serve in this future location, together broke ground in a formal ceremony for the newest addition to Detroit Police Departments: an 8th Precinct building at 21555 West McNichols Road in Detroit-proper. It may be a little late to celebrate in terms of the actual building anniversary (or birthday, as it were), but any time is a good time for something positive in the news media.
An estimated $7.3 Million project, this new building in the Northwestern region of Detroit may be an effort to re-adjust from the habits of the old Mayor Kilpatrick's practices to conserve funding for the city's overall budget as early as 2005. The formerly-known, old 8th precinct building was sold by the city of Detroit in 2007 and decisions have been made to re-collect ground in the neighborhoods, increasing police presence, and overall reduce crime while protecting the citizens of a re-kindling inner city. Vibrant in the arts and various cultures of modern-day, the city could be taking this step in an effort to gather more traction in the safety and comfort of its people.
On the western side of Detroit, the city's Police Chief, Mr. James Craig mentioned publicly that the soon-to-be, newly established precinct is a drive for "...[stronger] neighborhood policing in a big way." In a news release, the city's official office of the Mayor declared that the future location will carry the expectation of housing approximately 120+ members of the policing force. Mr. Michael Duggan, current Mayor for the city of Detroit, has mentioned openly that he will "...look forward to being here next summer...and go inside..." in looking toward the future opportunity to cut a formal opening ribbon and usher the first steps inside of the progressive move toward a more safe, thriving, growing Detroit, Michigan.