Michigan State Police Flint Post to get eight new troopers as ne - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Michigan State Police Flint Post to get eight new troopers as newest class graduates

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/28/14) - Michigan State Police's Flint Post will be getting eight new troopers when the most recent recruits graduate Friday.

Post Commander First Lieutenant Tom Deasy said those eight troopers will bump the number of state police solely dedicated to Flint to 54.

"The governor is committed to having us help the Flint Police Department, the city of Flint, help the city become a safer place and he's giving us the tools to do that," Deasy said.

Deasy said what they're doing, working with Flint Police, is working.

"It looks like, by the end of the year, we're hoping crime will be down somewhere between 40-50%. Our homicide rate, this year so far, is down roughly 50%. So, so far, the results have been outstanding."

This as the City of Flint tries to find ways to keep from cutting from its force.    

Emergency Manager Darnell Earley's budget calls for cutting up to 36 positions from the Flint Police Department.

City council and the mayor have come up with some recommendations to counter that, to put money back toward public safety, and council president Scott Kincaid said they're still in negotiations with Earley and his staff.

There was supposed to be a budget meeting, Wednesday, for public comment, but it was canceled.

Kincaid said it was because there would, essentially, be nothing to talk about as no decisions on potential changes have been made yet.

"In the budget process, the priority is to make sure we have as much money available for police and fire protection as possible," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. "City council and I went in and found a number of places where additional funds could be provided to those departments."

Walling said he asked for flexibility in lockup money spending - to be able to use some of it elsewhere.

"We took about $1 million out of the 402 fund to supplement the deficit then took $1 million of the general fund and put it in the police department," said Kincaid. "We need to do everything we can to keep our own police officers on the street because at some point and time the state police are going to start leaving Flint."

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