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U.S. Attorney Announces New Violent Crime Initiative

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2009
  • Eastern District of Michigan (313) 226-9100

United States Attorney Terrence Berg and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena, along with several other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies announced a new crackdown on violent crime in the City of Detroit.

Operation Delta Zone is a new initiative aimed at identifying criminal enterprises most responsible for perpetrating acts of violent crime within Southeast Michigan.

In an attempt to focus law enforcement and violent crime resources, an assessment was initiated in an effort to determine those criminal enterprises most responsible for perpetrating acts of violent crime within southeast Michigan. An assessment was conducted based on empirical violent crime data. This data was then vetted with data from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to identify the groups most responsible for contributing to violent crime factors in the City of Detroit.

This initiative, Delta Zone, had the first nine subject indictment obtained on December 9, 2009.

In furtherance of these efforts, the Detroit's violent crime resources are working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Field Intelligence Group to strategically utilize enforcement opportunities within the Detroit Police Department's (DPD) Eastern District to further develop the information base within the targeted criminal enterprises. These efforts rely heavily on liaisons within the DPD's Eastern District, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Corrections, Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, and Detroit Public Schools to develop intelligence capable of ensuring continued targeting of only the most significant criminal enterprises. These efforts will be assisted by the continued support of the Wayne County Prosecutor's office and the United States Attorney's office.

These efforts, although in their infancy, are anticipated to reduce violent crime within the Eastern District of Detroit. Once empirical data supporting the success of these efforts is obtained and law enforcement executive management has the opportunity to refine the process, this template will be able to be applied in other areas of the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan.

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