DETROIT – More cops are likely to be at Noel Nights in the future, Chief James Craig said Saturday night from the scene of a shooting at the annual Midtown Detroit event.
Craig said there was a "significant" police presence at this year's event, but, after the shooting, staff levels are likely to increase next year.
"It's not the level we would have during some of our summer events," Craig said in an interview with Priya Mann of Local 4. "Of course, things tend to be a bit slower in the winter months. So in the future we will probably have significantly higher staff for this. "
Craig also suggested that officials may need to check the children without supervision at the event. Although little was known about the suspects or the circumstances that led to the shooting, he said officers noticed that the parents left the children at Noel Night.
"One of the things we've seen here tonight (is) many young children here without parental supervision," Craig said. "The parents stopped their children, probably in the Science Museum, for a festive night, not being critical, just saying that we have to rethink, this is about public safety."
Despite the Saturday shooting, Craig encouraged the public to attend city events.
"Continue participating in activities in the city," he said. "I would say that the city is safer, I would like to say that this is an anomaly, I am disappointed, we have been through large scale events throughout the year, this is the first time I have been here in Noel. shooting. "
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