Chief of Police James E.  Craig

Chief of Police James E. Craig



Chief of Police James E. Craig began his career in law enforcement with the Detroit Police Department in 1977 and was assigned to the 10th Precinct. Forced to relocate due to department layoffs, Chief Craig began working for the Los Angeles (California) Police Department (LAPD in January 1981. During his tenure as a command officer of the LAPD, Chief Craig was responsible for overseeing many of the most violent areas in Los Angeles and was able to achieve tremendous reductions in crime through the implementation of innovative strategy and building strong community partnerships. After a 28 year career with LAPD, Chief Craig was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the Portland (Maine) Police Department on May 4, 2009. Chief Craig was credited with reducing violent crime by 10% by utilizing a comprehensive CompStat process which focused on command accountability and problem solving. On August 4, 2011, Chief Craig was selected as the 13th Chief of Police for the Cincinnati (Ohio) Police Department. Chief Craig was the first African- American and person outside of Cincinnati to hold the position of the Chief of Police for Cincinnati. Chief Craig prioritized the need for the officer to proactively address neighborhood quality of life and overall crime in the community. On July 1, 2013, Chief Craig was appointed as the 42nd Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department (Michigan), bringing Chief Craig’s law enforcement career full circle. Chief Craig said that his top priorities are to abate and reduce violent crime and to increase the morale of the rank and file. Chief Craig has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from West Coast University and a Master of Management Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has also started a coursework in a Doctoral Program at the University of Phoenix. Chief Craig has also graduated of the esteemed Federal Bureau Investigation’s National Academy