Flint battles â??Most Violent Cityâ?? moniker
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:08:52 GMT —
Itâ??s a title The Vehicle City canâ??t seem to shake.
â??We don't deserve what they're saying about Flint,â?? says one resident.
â??Weâ??re trending the other direction so these numbers are not a clear reflection of what's happening today,â?? says Alvern Locke, Flintâ??s chief of police.
The F.B.I. numbers focus on violent crime throughout 2012.
Locke says since the city lock up reopened in October 2012, crime is trending down.
â??The overall crime has been down 25-percent in the first six months of 2013,â?? says Locke.
He also cites partnerships with the Michigan State Police as helping the city get rid of the unwanted---â??Most Violent,â?? moniker.
â??Weâ??re continuing Governor Snyder's smart policing plan by targeting hot spots, information sharing,â?? says Lt. Brian Cole, public information officer for Michigan State Police.
MSP is also sending more troopers to the Flint post.
â??I donâ??t think it's (the list) fair to us because our resources have been swindled,â?? says a Flint neighbor.
Meantime, Flint officials are using a public safety millage to hire more officers.
â??We are making that turn, we're turning in the right direction,â?? says Locke.
While more officers are hitting the streets, everyone agrees knocking the â??Most Violentâ?? title isn't going to happen over night.
â??It is a process and it does take time and we're always evaluating and changing what we're doing,â?? says Lt. Cole.
â??We need the help of the citizens of the city of Flint,â?? says Locke.
â??Itâ??s not going to happen by just trying to rely on the police force or the city, I think it takes all of us together,â?? says Mark Rice, a Flint neighbor.
Seven new police officers are currently in the Flint police academy. Four new state troopers are expected at the Flint post in October.