Police commission declines to vote on Bing’s DPD restructure plan (Detroit Free Press)

November 9, 2012 – The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners declined to take a vote Thursday on Mayor Dave Bing’s proposal for a restructuring of Detroit Police Department management designed to save the city $1 million a year as the city searches for its fourth new police chief in as many years. The police commission, which shares oversight of the department along with Bing, apparently wasn’t ready to vote on Bing’s plans, which the mayor announced in a news conference Thursday. Bing said he wants to promote two new assistant chiefs — Paul Welles, previously a deputy chief over the Criminal Investigations Bureau, and Janice Butler, who was lured out of retirement. He also outlined plans to shuffle deputy chiefs to other bureaus, promote a commander to deputy chief, start police academy classes in early 2013 to replenish patrol ranks, and study overhauling the force’s administrative jobs so more officers may be assigned to street patrols from desk duty.

Link to Full Article: http://www.freep.com/article/20121109/NEWS01/121109057/detroit-police-commission-declines-to-vote-on-bing-restructure?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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