Vice Chair Martin Jones in August 2021 during a community meeting.
Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (DBOPC) officials announced that Vice Chair Martin Jones died recently.
With no official word on the cause of death, the DBOPC members issued a statement along with Chair Jim Holley:
“It is with heavy hearts that the Board of Police Commissioners announces the passing of Police Commissioner and Vice Chair Martin Jones.
Many knew him as a “ferocious advocate and activist for safe streets and neighborhoods.”
Jones was a leader with Detroit 300, a community coalition comprised of residents, civic groups, businesses, and organizations that banned together to fight and deter crime in residential areas. He was also appointed by Mayor Duggan and confirmed by the City Council for an at-large term that began in July 2020.
As a leader in Detroit 300, Jones typically was among the first ones to knock on doors or approach people for information to stop crime or to help police find those suspected of committing crimes. He never wanted anyone to be a victim of crime, and his work in the community reflected his deep value for getting justice for victims.
Police Commissioner Jones brought that same tenacity to the Board, where we will miss him as a colleague and leader in the important work for public safety and civilian oversight of law enforcement.
The Board knows that the entire City grieves the untimely loss of this steadfast community champion. As we extend condolences to all his family and friends, we ask everyone to keep Vice Chair Jones’ loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”