Detroit cops get restored take-home police cars to deter crime

Detroit's chief of police announced a program he hopes will cut down on crime.

Some officers will be taking their patrol cars home Chief James Craig announced a new take-home vehicle program Thursday

This is the 2004 Crown Victoria. Previously dented and losing paint that now looks new and improved. Chief James Craig says it will be used to deter crime in the city.

"This is just another step in the right direction," Craig said.

Craig says retired scout cars like this one are being restored and given to officers living in the city to take home and park in their neighborhoods. 

It is an idea he got  from a conversation with an officer during his time spent in Washington DC.

"I said 'You take your car home?' He said 'I live in DC, this is my beat, so it's almost like I'm around the clock.'"

Planning to assign up to 20 fully-functional marked vehicles to different officers in the city, this car the first with 40,000 miles, stripped and restored, for free.

"Our goal is to help provide neighborhood police with more vehicles," said Sam Hussein of Metrotech Automotive Group. "Which in turn will give our neighbors more police presence and resources."

The first is being sent home with Officer Baron Coleman.

"We're going to give them a new look," Coleman said. "We're going to do our best to make the city proud. I'm proud to have this vehicle, I'm proud to be the first to have it."

While Coleman says he isn't worried about having the marked police car near his home, what do those living in the these neighborhoods have to say?

"Would that be a target for the officer," said Angie. "If a person or a criminal saw the car in the driveway of an officer's home - is that a target for him?"

While some worry about the safety of the officers driving the cars home, many say this is definitely a good start toward a safer Detroit.

"It will help," said resident Aaron Turner. "If the criminals see that the neighborhood police cars are out here, crime will go down."
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