Lower Crime Rate
As measured by the number of violent and property crimes
Why Is This Important?
The crime rate figures are calculated as the number of crimes per 100,000 population. The figures are normalized in this way by the FBI in order to compare rates across jurisdictions of different sizes and control for population changes.
Data source: Michigan State Police - Michigan Incident Crime Reporting (MICR) system
The county's incident crime rate steadily decreased between 2016 to 2020, from 1,385 to 911 incidents per 100,000 population. In 2020, there was a 19% decrease from the prior year in property crime but a 17% increase in violent crime.
In January 2021 the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan released a grant opportunity entitled Community Policing Innovations. This grant was designed to encourage dialogue between law enforcement agencies and community partners around difficult issues such as use of force, officer accountability and re-imaging public safety. Oakland County committed $1 million to the grant fund to be used specifically for Oakland County Law Enforcement agencies. Oakland County agencies who applied were eligible to receive up to $40,000 in technical assistance and an additional $50,000 to implement strategies and ideas arising from community discussions.
For more information on county program and services available for individuals involved in the criminal justice system, visit the Oakland County Community Corrections Division.