DETROIT - Today on the front steps of the former Detroit police headquarters, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy stood with Benny N. Napoleon to endorse his Five-Point Crime Reduction Plan. She was joined in this endorsement by fellow law enforcement representatives that include Mark Young, president of the Detroit Police Lieutenant and Sergeants Association; Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association; Kal Sabbagh, president of AFSCME Local 3317 which represents Captains, Lieutenants and Sergeants in the Wayne County Sheriff's Office; and Brian Earle of the Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.
“As the Wayne County Prosecutor of what has been deemed one of the most dangerous communities in America, I can’t stress how critical a partnership with an effective police department is to my success in putting criminals away,” said Worthy. “It is critical that Detroit has a mayor who understands that relationship, and one who is committed to providing his police department the necessary tools to get that job done, and to ultimately affirm Detroit as a safe city.”
Worthy served as an assistant prosecutor while Napoleon rose through the ranks of the Detroit Police Department. She was an elected judge with Wayne County Circuit Court (1994-2004), during a time when Napoleon was chief of police and reduced crime 34 percent in just two years, before she was appointed as the county’s prosecutor in 2004. The current prosecutor and Detroit resident is concerned about the high crime in the city and a lack of focus by leadership on public safety.
Worthy specifically endorses Napoleon’s Five-Point Crime Reduction Plan and had this to say about it, “I have had the opportunity to review Benny’s crime reduction plan, and I believe that it is exactly what Detroit needs in order to target crime and criminals. And based on his track record of reducing crime by double digits, I have every confidence that Benny will maintain his commitment to keeping Detroit families safe.”
Mark Young, president of the Detroit Police Lieutenant and Sergeants Association, said that he takes into account Napoleon’s track record of reducing crime as chief of police, and is convinced that DPD will finally have a partner in the mayor’s office if Napoleon is elected.
“This city has long lacked the leadership that understands the first priority is to affirm this city as safe,” said Young. “We will continue to see families leave our city if we don’t address crime in a strategic manner and with the necessary resources. Benny Napoleon has the law enforcement track record; the leadership capability; and a crime reduction plan with vision and expertise.”
Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, said that Napoleon's extensive career in law enforcement will be key to creating partnerships between the police department and the community, which is the most effective method for policing the community.
"Our police officers risk their lives every day on the job with limited resources,” said Diaz. “Unfortunately, the leadership of Detroit has resorted to placing the burden of fiscal mismanagement on the shoulders of the men and women who protect the city. These men and women in blue deserve a Mayor who respects and understands their task, and more importantly understands what they need to be effective to deliver the police services the citizens deserve and expect."
Kal Sabbagh, president of AFSCME Local 3317 which represents Captains, Lieutenants and Sergeants in the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, said for years, Napoleon has maintained that public safety is the key to stabilizing any community, which makes him the most viable candidate in this election.
Sabbagh also said, "It is clear to our leadership team that Benny has learned in his 38 years in public service, leaders don't often understand the pathway to attracting and retaining residents and businesses is through public safety. This will serve Detroiters well if he is elected mayor.”
Brian Earle of the Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, agrees that Napoleon’s leadership as sheriff leaves no question as to what his top priority is.
“Since 2009, Sheriff Napoleon has understood that while we are not mandated to provide first responder duties in Wayne County’s 43 municipalities, we must do everything within our authority to help protect the citizens of Detroit,” said Earle “As it relates to patrol, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office is only mandated to patrol county parks. But Benny saw that DPD needed all the assistant that we could legally provide and implemented the SCOUT program that reduced burglaries in Detroit neighborhoods; led to an end to dangerous drag racing on Detroit streets; and took tough action against illegal drug operations.”
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