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For Midtown safety, WSUPD Chief Holt is leading model for nation

July 17, 2014

Wayne State University Chief of Police Tony Holt is the man in charge of Midtown's public safety that is now being looked at as a national model for local universities and their police forces that are located in urban environments. His department was praised in an April article in the New York Times for its 90 seconds response to the need of a small business owner in Midtown. That is not unusual for Holt's department. It is the norm. "I believe the high sense of security is due to the collaboration of all the partners involved in Midtown. By our department taking the lead and hosting a biweekly Compstat meeting. Compstat is a data driven process where we concentrate on crime hot spots," Holt explained. "An environment was created that displays high police visibility, crime prevention methods employed and quick response to calls for service. When you combine all of these elements with citizen cooperation and involvement, results will be attained." "The commitment that the university has made to the community that we will be a good neighbor in a great neighborhood is one of the biggest reasons for the success," Holt said. "With that commitment and the resources allotted to this department, it allowed us the opportunity to expand our operations. The officers of this department took this challenge and went to work to achieve the objectives of a safe vibrant community."