Efforts to reduce crime in Saginaw, Flint, Pontiac and Detroit have brought an award to the Michigan State Police. The National Criminal Justice Association awarded the agency for its "Secure Cities Partnership," designed to help local agencies reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in communities. It was one of five regional programs recognized at a recent NCJA conference in Colorado.
Violent crimes including murder, rape and robbery, have decreased 20% in Flint and 14% in Saginaw from 2011 to 2013. In addition to working with local law enforcement, the Secure Cities program also works with community groups, schools and faith-based organizations. The effort uses directed patrols, based on crime analysis, to identify and target criminal hot spots.
The Michigan State Police won the award in 2010 for T.E.A.M. - Teaching, Educating And Mentoring students about personal safety, gun safety, bullying and dating violence from kindergarten through 12th grade.