Detroit crime, including homicides, drops in 2013

DETROIT (AP) — If there's any silver lining around Detroit's bankruptcy and $18 billion debt cloud in recent months, it's crime.

New police Chief James Craig, who took over six months ago, says violent crime is down 7 percent, response time to 911 calls is down from something like an hour to around 8 minutes and officers are solving 50 percent of homicides, up from around 40 percent. There were also 53 fewer homicides between 2012 and last year.

Craig, a former chief in Cincinnati and Portland, Maine, has made sweeping changes. He's identifying trouble spots, moving detectives back into precincts and there's a new executive command team.

A half-dozen homicide squads now hold daily briefings with each other, something that had not been happening.

Craig says he wants to shave off another 10 percent of violent crime this year.

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