DETROIT ANNOUNCES CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE SAFETY

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing
and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by
the sender.) 
March 25, 2013 
MAYOR BING ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP TO
IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY IN DETROITS NEIGHBORHOODS 
DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced today that Detroit’s
corporate community is supporting his Active and Safe Campaign
with an $8 million contribution that will be used to replace the
entire fleet of 23 ambulances for the Detroit Fire Department’s
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division and provide 100 new
patrol cars for the Detroit Police Department. 
Mayor Bing was joined at today’s news conference by Roger
Penske, founder and chairman of Penske Corporation, and by other
members of contributing corporations and foundations who are
working in conjunction with the Downtown Detroit Partnership.
Their efforts support the Active and Safe Campaign, which Mayor
Bing launched with a goal of raising $60 million to support
Detroit’s recreation centers and to provide the latest
equipment, technology and training for Detroit’s first
responders. 
Eight corporate donors are giving a total of $8 million to
acquire the new public safety vehicles.  The donors are:  Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Chrysler Group, LLC; Ford Motor
Company; General Motors Company; Quicken Loans, Inc.; The Kresge
Foundation; Penske Corporation; and Platinum Equity, LLC.  In
addition, FirstMerit Bank will serve as the financial partner in
this collaborative project. 
“I am delighted that Detroit’s corporate community has once
again stepped up to improve not only public safety, but the
lives and well-being of Detroit’s citizens,” Mayor Bing said.
“This is an unprecedented collaboration between the business
community and the Mayor’s Office to provide the highest level of
emergency services to the people of Detroit.” 
Corporate leaders wanted to show their support for Mayor Bing,
the Active and Safe Campaign, and Detroit’s neighborhoods,
Penske said.  “This is a great day for the City of Detroit.
Through the extraordinary efforts of local business leaders and
the Downtown Detroit Partnership, we are pleased to help Mayor
Bing and the Police and Fire departments bring new police
cruisers and EMS units to the streets of Detroit.  These
vehicles will enhance the visibility of the Police and Fire
Departments’ efforts in the city and improve the safety and
security of our neighborhoods.” 
“This generous contribution from Detroit’s corporate leaders is
a gift to the residents of Detroit, as well as to our EMS
Division,” said Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin. “After
years of challenges with aging EMS units that rotate in and out
of service, a brand new fleet of ambulances will allow us to
provide a higher level of emergency services to Detroit’s
citizens.” 
Detroit Police Chief Chester L. Logan said an additional 100
police cars will greatly enhance the efforts of DPD officers who
patrol the city’s streets.  “Having access to 100 new vehicles
will make our police force more responsive to citizens and will
help lift the morale of our officers,” Logan said.  “We are
grateful to the corporate leaders who made this possible.” 
Today’s public safety announcement follows the Mayor’s
introduction last week of the Detroit One initiative, which
brings together local, state and federal law enforcement and the
community in an effort to reduce violent gun crimes in the city
by 25-percent this year. 
Contact:
Anthony Neely, Press Secretary
313.628.4255 (office)
313.600.0461 (cell)
neelya@detroitmi.gov 
(bjh) NY 
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