Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-López - "Rethink, Redirect, Reinvest in our Communities"
Propose budget amendments to Mayor Duggan's proposed FY 2021/2022 Budget
April 8, 2021
For too long, police have been seen as the solution for too many of Detroit's problems. The
Police Department's (DPD) $327M budget consumes nearly 30% of the general fund monies and
over the last four years their budget has increased dramatically without demonstrating a
meaningful return. Contrary to popular opinion, increasing the Police Department budget has not
translated into safer streets. While DPD's budget has ballooned by over $20M in recent years,
there has not been a corresponding decrease in violent crime. Five years ago Detroit's violent
crime rate was 20 per 1,000 residents. In...