Chief Craig hiring civilians to handle dispatch - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Chief Craig hiring civilians to handle dispatch putting more officers on the streets

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

"When a community member calls 911 we want to make sure that call is handled properly," Detroit Police Chief James Craig reassures.

He is in the midst of overhauling parts of the police department he says just don't work - and dispatch is one of them.

Detroit is one of the only cities still using sworn police officers as dispatchers. Now Chief Craig is bringing in civilians to tackle that job.

"For me, civilianization means we can focus on putting sworn officers in the field,"

And those civilians will go through a training program. The department's hired 15 dispatchers this month and they'll gradually hire about 85 more. Chief Craig says the department's already reducing response times and this change could lead to more improvements.

"We're passionate about making a difference in Detroit and we are making that difference and it does not happen by accident. And I will tell you that I'm excited."

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices