Flint's 2011 Budget Calls For More Police Cuts 8-09-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Flint's 2011 Budget Calls For More Police Cuts 8-09-2010

With police in Flint searching for the stabbing suspect, many are asking if now is the best time for the city to cut more officers from their force.
The city's 2011 budget projects cutting their police department from 135 officers down to 125.
The Michigan State police have headed the task force to find the killer, but city police are working with them.
Mayor Dayne Walling said that the partnership with the state police allows them to take on cases like this, and denied any cuts would come to the force.
TV5 asked Walling the same question Monday but he denied the layoffs. "I want to be clear, there are no forced planned reductions at this time,” he told TV5 reporter Julie Banovic.
Walling’s statement conflicts with what a news outlet reported over the weekend, stating the mayor told them he projected cutting another 10 officers to balance the new fiscal year budget.
“Those are only numbers on paper,” said Walling. “And we're also focused on real human lives and people in this community."
Walling said his administration will monitor the budget on a monthly basis and try to sustain the police force with grants.
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