Sheriff Pickell proposes mobile violent crime unit
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:16:31 GMT —
Genessee County Sheriff Robert Pickell says a proposed violent crime mobile unit will target Flint's worst offenders in a "relentless pursuit" of crime.
Pickell's $3 million proposal submitted to Gov. Rick Snyder last week says Flint has become a "safe haven for criminals" where "law-abiding citizens" have been on the run for 25 years.
Mlive.com says Pickell proposed the unit last year, but Snyder backed his own anti-crime initiative. Snyder's plan focused on increased Michigan State Police troopers, $2 million to reopen and operate the Flint lockup, and four state-funded attorneys.
Pickell says additional state troopers help but "they don't know Flint."
Emergency manager Ed Kurtz says the response team shouldn't come at the expense of state resources. Police Chief Alvern Lock says Flint doesn't need a special unit.