BY ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — There have been 4,744 crimes reported in Dearborn so far this year, but overall crime is down by 3 percent, according to the police department.
During a press conference held at the Dearborn Police Department Sept. 8, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad briefed the community on recent arrests and crimes in the city.
“We like to be transparent with the community,” Haddad said. “I feel that it is an obligation to give the community an update on the work our department is doing.”
Haddad discussed multiple cases and highlighted an arrest made by officers last month.
On Aug. 27 police responded to a house in the 7900 block of Appoline on a report of a home invasion. The victim told police that she was sleeping in her bed and was awakened by an unknown man on top of her about 3 a.m.
When the victim screamed for help, the man attempted to cover her mouth and strangle her. He then fled on foot.
Evidence recovered by investigators led to the arrest of Terrance Simmons, 22, of Detroit, Aug. 28 at a relative’s house in Detroit. Simmons was charged with home invasion and assault by strangulation in the 19th District Court and placed under a $50,000 bond cash or surety.
A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Friday, and a preliminary examination of the evidence against him is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. at the 19th District Court.
On display during the news conference were a variety guns and rifles recently collected by thePolice Department from various crimes.
“These are the weapons officers deal with on a daily basis,” Haddad said. “We confiscate about 300 guns each year.”
Haddad also spoke about a crime ring involving 12 juveniles linked to almost 60 crimes in the tri-county area.
With the assistance of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Juvenile Division, the Police Department was able to arrest seven Inkster residents involved in the crime ring.
“We’ll be having more officers visit schools to speak to children,” Haddad said. “If we can reach out to the students at an early age, we can help prevent juvenile crimes.”
Haddad announced that the Police Department will be launching Nextdoor, a social networking service for neighborhoods. The service will allow users to connect with others who live in their neighborhoods and nearby neighborhoods.
The chief touched on the possibility of implementing body cameras for officers in the department noting the department already applied for grants to purchase the cameras.
“Body cameras were coming regardless of the incidents of Ferguson or New York City because the technology is here,” Haddad said. “The cameras take away the issue of, one citizen said verses what one police officer said during an incident.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])