FLINT (WJRT) - (11/30/16) - Police mini stations are popping up around Flint. Instead of going downtown to talk to an officer or make a report, you can stay right in your neighborhood.
Mini stations have come and gone over the years based on they city's budget, but with more than $1 million from the Ruth Mott Foundation, they're here to stay.
"We have to have community policing, that's the only way we can make this modern policing work. We can't do it without the support of the community," said Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson.
You can come in and make a report, share a cup of coffee with one of the Blue Badge volunteers who runs the desk or talk with community policing officer Nickoy Edwards.
"They can expect friendship, they can expect their complaints will be looked at and evaluated and action taken if needed," Edwards said. "Whatever you're feeling I feel it too because I live in Flint."
There is a mini station at the Dort Mall off of Dort Highway near Atherton Road and inside the Oak Business Center on Saginaw Street south of Pasadena Avenue.
The most recent to open is in Hallwood plaza at Clio and Pierson roads with two others scheduled to open in the next couple of months.
There are currently 35 residents training to become armed reserve officers. Once they're through the academy, they will help at the mini stations.