Detroit recorded almost as many homicides in 2013 as New York, which has almost 12 times the population.
Budget troubles have led to pay cuts for police officers and slashed funding for the department, which has lost about 20% of its manpower since 2006. Response time to emergency calls averages close to an hour.
Police chief James Craig said he hopes to improve those response times by more effectively using the department's CompStat system, a numbers-based strategy of analyzing crime stats and putting manpower where it will do the most good, according to his 2014 Plan of Action.
He is also switching to "standalone precincts," where each precinct solely focuses on the surrounding neighborhood, rather than covering a much wider area. That way, he says, officers will get to know the ins and outs of each neighborhood better.
The Detroit Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.