The Governor's / Detroit Mayor's AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program (AMUS) Initiative

AmeriCorps/CompStat Expansion


We are executing the expansion of a successful crime reduction model that uses CompStat with AmeriCorps neighborhood organizing. This model is currently running in the Midtown and East Jefferson areas, and has recently expanded to five more areas. The five areas are as follows:

  1. Bagley Elementary and Bethune Academy Area (University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove area)
  2. Harms Elementary and Neinas Elementary Area (Southwest Community)
  3. Clark Elementary and East English Village Preparatory Academy (Morningside Community)
  4. Cody Area
  5. Osborn Area.

These areas are in neighborhoods where major efforts are underway in schools (e.g. reading programs, extended hours). In each of these areas vacant homes are being demolished and public lighting is being improved.

The Model

This model has reduced crime by over 57% in Midtown, and uses a collaborative approach that pairs crime mapping and analysis with improving levels of neighborhood guardianship through block clubs and tenant organizations, while reducing victim attractiveness and susceptibility (target hardening) through home safety assessments and training.

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Sustainability for the initiative

Anchored in schools, outreach efforts involve surveying and then partnering with neighborhood non-profits, churches, and businesses. These community partners would be asked to help sponsor block clubs, neighborhood watches, clean ups and board ups, while helping to advocate for demolition of dangerous properties.


Ramona Rodriguez-Washington, MPA
Program Director, AMUS
(313) 577-0979

If you want to get involved, please visit our UPCOMING EVENTS page.