The DCC is working with several community organizations to address quality of life issues directly attributable to abandoned and distressed properties. Abandoned properties are not only eyesores, but contribute to crime, vermin and a decline in property value to surrounding homes. The DCC works with the community by providing investigative assistance and pro bono legal help to file civil nuisance abatement suits. These suits can result in court orders that require the owners of abandoned properties to take the steps necessary to return the property to a state of good repair.
Update: The DCC has begun filing several Civil Complaints with Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.
Currently, the DCC is providing Analytical Support to several government entities free of charge such as Detroit Fire Department & National Crime Insurance Bureau.
Our goal is to provide support in filling in the gap that currently exist within each department in the agency in order to better serve the community at large
Detroit Rape Kit Initiative
The Detroit Crime Commission is supporting an initiative spearheaded by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy to test thousands of rape kits that were never submitted for testing. During a tour of a Detroit Police Department Property storage facility, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office discovered more than 11,000 rape kits dating back nearly twenty-five years. Each of those kits represents a woman, man or child who suffered a violent assault and underwent a lengthy and physically invasive evidentiary collection procedure in an effort to apprehend his or her assailant. Each rape kit has the potential to solve multiple crimes. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is leading the effort to find the funding to get them processed. An estimated $15 million is needed to complete the project. On average, each kit costs $1,200 to $1,500. The challenge is finding the funds to finish testing all the kits in Detroit and she says, "It's a massive undertaking."
If you would like to donate to this initiative, please visit the DCC DONATE page. After entering your donation amount and payment information, please click the "add special instructions" section and specify that the funds go to the "Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Rape Kit Initiative." The Detroit Crime Commission has partnered for the Detroit Rape Kit Initiative with the Wayne County Prosecutors Office and the Detroit Police Department such that the DCC, using the donated funds, pays the laboratory directly as each kit is processed. This is a 100% pass through program with the DCC taking no administrative costs. 100% of your donations will be used for the program.
Law Enforcement Training
Detroit Crime Commission will provide free training to local law enforcement organizations. The DCC will focus on providing training on topics that aren’t normally available through traditional law enforcement training avenues. The Crime Commission just hosted its first training class and is hoping to offer at least one course per quarter.