Evans ruled out the possibility of another run for mayor. "I'm happy to finish out my career as the chief of police in the city of Detroit with a police department that is far more effective than the one we have here today," he said.
Detroit is truly ground zero for the nation's recession. The unemployment rate hovers around 30 percent. Economic despair makes police officers lives more difficult, Evans said. "When the economy is bad and crimes are being committed based on the economy, it's the perfect storm for crime."
Though the task is enormous given Detroit's lack of resources, Evans thinks his new ideas and outreach to the community can make a difference. On the job for less than three months, he's optimistic things can improve, but realistic about how long it will take.
"I knew what I was getting into. I was getting into the biggest challenge of my professional life," he said. "It's going to be an ongoing project that will take a long time. But you're going to see incremental changes as we go along."