Flintâ??s police chief looking to launch new crime-fighting initiatives

Crime is down in The Vehicle City and Larry Howd couldn't be happier.

â??A lot of improvement,â?? says Howd. The Flint resident of 72 years is feeling a lot safer in his hometown.

â??Iâ??ve put fences up and good locks and all of that. But i think it's getting to where maybe that's not necessary,â?? says Howd.

Police Chief James Tolbert says he's working to make the downward trend more permanent.

â??We don't want to jump up and down about anything right now because it's all about sustainability,â?? says Tolbert.

One of his new plans looks to crackdown on repeat offenders instead of targeting neighborhoods.

â??Everybody is not bad, it's just a few people who are driving the crime. So we go after those drivers of that crime,â?? says Tolbert.

â??If they need to be targeted, they need to be off the streets,â?? says Howd.

Tolbert is also looking to crack down on the city's 23,000 warrants.

He wants to help those wanted for misdemeanor charges, answer their tickets before it leads to more crime.

â??If we can eliminate all those barriers on the front end, is there a possibility that we stop the possibility of some negative behavior on the back end?â?? says Tolbert.

â??When you don't have plan, it just runs amuck and we don't want it to run amuck so an initiative is a good idea,â?? says Wantwaz Davis, a city council member.

"I think they're headed in the right direction,â?? says Howd.

Chief Tolbert says he's working to get some funding for his ideas. The police department is also launching a social media effort in the coming weeks. Theyâ??re hoping to use it as a tool to keep Flint neighbors up-to-date on what's going on in their community.