Nuisance Abatement

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 is continuing its work on filing several Civil Complaints with Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.
Update: 2745 W. Grand River and 2763 W. Grand River are two examples of properties which have been impacted by the work of our Nuisance Abatement program. We contacted the owner Sam Kemerko and asked him either demolish the building or abate the nuisance. He agreed to demolish but he kept running into issues with cutting off the electricity and gas lines. There was a "State" interest in the building since it was on a State Highway, which meant that both Michigan and Detroit had to sign off on or approve the demolition. We contacted individuals from both departments and within a few months, the owner was cleared and the building was demolished.


Analytical Support

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

Sexual Assault Free Detroit Initiative

In August of 2009, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office discovered over 11,000 rape kits in a Detroit Police property storage facility. Each one of those kits represented a woman, man or child who suffered a sexual assault and underwent a four hour, physically invasive evidentiary collection procedure in an effort to apprehend their rapist. When tested, a rape kit can provide valuable investigative leads that may identify unknown rapists and connect evidence to serial rapists. Since discovering the kits, Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has worked hard to find the local, state and federal funding needed to test all of the kits. Thanks to Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette, who recently allocated $4 million to the Michigan State Police Forensics Sciences Division, all kits have been submitted for testing. With results back on just 2,000 of the kits that have been tested so far, we have already identified over 400 rapists and 100 serial rapists.

But, testing kits is not enough. We must investigate the evidentiary leads that testing provides and prosecute rapists to the fullest extent of the law if we are to have a Sexual Assault Free Detroit (SAF/D). A Cold Case Sexual Assault Team of specially trained detectives and attorneys is needed to properly investigate and prosecute the thousands of CODIS hits that will result from testing all 11,000+ kits. It is estimated that it will cost $2 million annually to fund the team and that it will take approximately five years to work through all of the cases. In short, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office needs $10 million to bring justice to thousands of sexual assault victims, put rapists behind bars and create a Sexual Assault Free Detroit.

The Detroit Crime Commission has partnered with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to create the SAF/D initiative and is acting as the pass-through agency for donations. The DCC is taking no administrative costs for its participation.

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.

Update: Landlord Training Coming Soon - Click HERE for more details.

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