Governor outlines public safety plan
Wed, 07 Mar 2012 23:16:46 GMT —
MidMichigan is home to two of the four most violent cities in the state, Flint and Saginaw.
The governor promised more money, more programs, and more cooperation to help curb crime.
Speaking to a standing room only crowd of statewide constituents and media at Flint City Hall, the governor presented his 34 point public safety plan.
"It's about being comprehensive, data-driven, in going to where the biggest needs are in solving those problems," says Snyder.
The governor wants $15 million to be designated to help former criminals find jobs and an additional $5-million to help at-risk kids with after-school and summer programs.
He wants 20 more scientists to the state crime lab to solve crimes faster. Still, some residents just aren't convinced it's enough.
Flint resident Carrie Younger-Nelson says, "They're bringing in money. I want to know what they're going to do with it and where they're going to put it. It doesn't seem like it's going on to crime."
Snyder says he'll also open the Flint City jail.
"It's not just law enforcement, in essence, we can't arrest our way our of the problem. It's going to take the entire law enforcement and criminal justice system and prevention for jobs and retraining," says Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.
Snyder wants 180 more state troopers on the streets by the beginning of next year.
Flint resident Dorothy Flippen isn't sold on the idea. "You don't have to have a whole army of police to stop the crime with these little teenagers that are out here. You need to have real no tolerance," says Pickell.
Snyder wants communities to come up with their own solutions, and he's offering $10-million to help.
"It actually encourages innovation and creativity in government," says Snyder.
Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock says, "That's how it's going to work. Nobody can do this thing alone. We all need some help."
The governor also says law enforcement can't keep up with all the new illegal drugs being created.
He wants the Department of Community health to help identify these new drugs so that police can prosecute accordingly.