The Craig Fahle Show

"City Under Siege" WSU Forum on Crime Crisis in Detroit

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

Craig speaks with Former Wayne State University President Irvin Reid and WSU Police Chief Anthony Holt about an upcoming forum called City Under Siege. Here are the details: On September 20 and 21, 2012, the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) at Wayne State University will present City Under Siege: A University Forum on the Crime Crisis in Detroit. The two-day symposium takes place on our Detroit campus and explores the concept of community policing as a strategy for reducing crime in urban areas such as Detroit.

The program will feature a variety of speakers and panelists including William J. Bratton, author, former Chief of Police for Los Angeles, California. Mr. Bratton, who also served as Police Commissioner for the cities of New York and Boston, will deliver the keynote address on the morning of September 21. Barbara McQuade, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Ralph Godbee, Chief of the Detroit Police Department also have agreed to participate in the program.

Detroit’s future hinges in large part on whether or not we can solve our crime problem. For too long, Detroit’s image has been one synonymous with crime. More than once, our city has topped the list of the most dangerous cities in America. Staggering poverty, widespread unemployment and a failing school system have so far exacerbated Detroit’s crime epidemic. And with our unparalleled budget crisis, hundreds fewer city police officers may be available to protect Detroit’s more than 700,000 citizens. It very well may be that our city can go no further until we find a way for residents, visitors and investors to feel safer - and actually be safer.

For more information on this forum, call 313-577-5550