Leadership

WORK OF DETROIT ARSON SQUAD STOPS MANY INCENDIARY FIRES

Issue 8 and Volume 81.

WORK OF DETROIT ARSON SQUAD STOPS MANY INCENDIARY FIRES Frequently Set to Obtain Revenge—Insane Person Found to Have Set Many Incendiary Fires in City—Burglars Make Fires to Hide Crimes EVEN though the Detroit Arson Squad consists of but two men, and only one of those a regular police officer, the incendiary fire loss in Detroit last year was kept down to $318,372.02. The city’s loss from incendiary fires in 1921, the year before the Arson Squad was organized, was $755,112.35. Police Sergeant George W. Smith and William F. McDonald, a special officer, constitute the squad. It is an integral part of the Fire Prevention Bureau. During the past year, the Arson Squad investigated 512 fires of suspicious origin. Of that number 108 were found to be of an incendiary nature and 404 were classed as accidental. The incendiary fires were grouped as follows: Thirty-eight to defraud the insurer; thirty-three for…

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