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Study, analysis of public safety departments to be done in Flint

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(02/14/14) - Public safety continues to be a top priority in Flint.

Emergency Manager Darnell Earley says a "top down" analysis of the departments will be done to ensure resources are being used in the best way possible.

"We can rest assured we have an independent review complete with recommendations that are going to give the city a better service delivery system for the resources it has to put towards that," says Earley.

Earley says he's in the process of taking quotes now and hopes to have the review and recommendations ready for the next fiscal year which starts in July.

It's not the first public safety study that's been done. Recently it was Michigan State University researchers and funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Earley says this next one will be different.

"MSU did not look at the total organization of public safety," he said. "I think that focused more on police."

Earley says this new study will focus on every aspect of the police and fire departments as well as Flint 911.

"The timing is right for that kind of study because we do have the issue of collective bargaining units to satisfy," he said.

Flint Firefighters Union President Mark Kovach says he commends Earley for trying to make the departments as efficient as possible, but wants to make sure the recommendations will be followed.

His concern is that some suggestions haven't been when other studies have been done.

Earley says this study should cost about $80,000. Money from the C.S. Mott Foundation will cover about 95 percent. Earley says they're still looking at where the rest will come from.

The goal is to put recommendations in place and keep them there as the city moves back to local contract and out of emergency management.

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