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MSP: Investigative team makes immediate impact on violent crime

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(08/02/12) - Michigan State Police say Flint's new Major Case Detective Bureau, or MCDB, has made an immediate impact on violent crime in the city.

It's been operating one month and is made up of eight Flint city detectives and eight state police detectives.

The partnership has doubled the number of detectives available to investigate violent crimes.

"It's been a fast pace," says MSP Lt. Jason Teddy.

Teddy oversees state police efforts in the city of Flint.

The MCDB has secured charges in five homicides since July 16.

John Boddie Jr. was charged in the July 16 shooting death of Clarence Stewart near the Quik Pick Party Store.

James Simpkins II was charged in a quadruple shooting and triple murder on Tacken near Court July 18.

His brother and two others were killed.

A fourth person was injured. 

Timothy Griffin faces murder and gun charges in the death of his cousin, 16-year-old Markise Parker, July 22.

Parker's family says he was visiting friends at the River Park Apartments when he was killed.

"He was here for his last vacation day when it happened," says Parker's brother Rashad Horton.

Arrests have been made in other major cases too including assaults with weapons, home invasions and armed robberies.

State Police attribute some of the success to improved scene response, processing and networking.

Teddy points to increased efforts, in Flint, from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or ATF.

"We've also taken advantage of using them. They've assisted us in some of the investigations," he says.

State Police continue to provide special, directed patrols in high crime areas of Flint as well.

Teddy says there is the potential for another squad to be assigned to directed patrols.

There are currently three directed patrol squads, he says.

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