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Plans to end 'Virtual Precincts' underway in Detroit

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FOX 2 cameras captured images of officers working during non-peak hours inside the once 'virtual' 12th precinct. FOX 2 cameras captured images of officers working during non-peak hours inside the once 'virtual' 12th precinct.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

One of the Detroit police department's 'Virtual Precincts' is no longer virtual.

Detroit's 12th precinct at 7 Mile and Woodward went back to 24-hour operation starting Sunday. It's part of new Police Chief James Craig's goal to make all city police stations available to citizens around the clock.  He says they're "safe havens for our community."

"This is not Culver City, California where we can shut the doors up. This is the City of Detroit," said Craig earlier this month. "I want to make sure that when a community member needs to come into a police station that the doors are open," Craig said.

Former Chief Ralph Godbee released details of the "Virtual Precinct" concept in 2012, but it was met with public opposition when it was implemented. Instead of visiting precincts, residents were urged to contact the city's Telephone Crime Reporting Unit.

The aim was to pull officers from desk and other duties in precincts, which had been staffed around the clock, and get them on the streets.

When Craig became Detroit's police chief earlier this year he said that ending the "Virtual Precinct" concept was a priority.

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