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Flint Police chief talks potential department changes during council committee meeting

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FLINT (WJRT) -

(04/16/14) - Everyone is trying to do more with less and in the best, possible way - the Flint Police Department included.

It could look a little different in the future.

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert talked to city council members Tuesday night, at the council's public safety committee meeting, and presented some options.

"At the end of the day, I think the emergency manager, the mayor, we're all committed to providing the best possible public safety resources for the city," he said, Wednesday.

And with the same number of people the department currently has - 129 sworn officers including Tolbert.

How officers are deployed, where and when, will be looked at closely.

Tolbert says the city is already divided into districts, for example.

"What we want to try to be able to do is try to find a way where we can have officers accountable in each district," Tolbert said. "Why would you have the same amount of people working days that you do nights simply because you want it even?"

Testing is being done to make provisional ranks permanent.

Another change could be to add to the criminal investigations bureau - to have more people focusing on violent crime cases.

"We're going to look at what we can do, make some proposals. I'm sure there will be some back and forth," Tolbert said.

Tolbert says proposals will have to be presented to and approved by the emergency manager and mayor and also the full city council.

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