Flint Police Closed On Weekends After Layoffs 12-20-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Flint Police Closed On Weekends After Layoffs 12-20-2010

The Flint Police Department is closed on the weekends following the latest round of officer layoffs.
The Flint Journal reported new office hours took effect Saturday, the day after 20 police officers were laid off.
For the first time in decades, the department's doors will remain closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.
A sign on the door posts a phone number for the public to call if they must speak to a desk officer.
The department that historically has been open 24 hours a day already reduced daily office hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling laid off a total of 66 police officers this year to cope with a multi-million-dollar deficit. The city also made other cuts.
The layoffs bring Flint’s road patrol down to a total of 67 officers, with a total of 122 officers left on the department's payroll. In 1987, Flint had more than 300 officers.
TV5 was told the pink slipped officers were chosen based on seniority.
In March of this year, the city cut 46 officers in an effort to curb the city’s multimillion-dollar deficit.
Many residents fear the layoffs couldn't have been handed out at a worst time, as Flint recently record its record-setting 63rd homicide in 2010. The previous record was set in 1986, with 61 deaths.
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