- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Public Schools is reporting that overall crime is dropping in the district.

Officials say Thursday that there were 545 incidents reported in schools and buildings from September through February, compared to 687 over the same period the previous year.

Reported misdemeanor assaults dropped from 97 to 87. Felony assaults dipped by two to 20. There also were four fewer sexual crimes and one less threat report over that time.

The district says the decreases have come as Detroit Schools launched Restorative Practices in every school. The national program is designed to build a positive school climate and culture.

Detroit Schools Police Chief Stacy Brackens says his officers are working with residents, principals, parents, students and other police agencies to keep school buildings and campuses safe.

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