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Flint drops to second on FBI's most violent cities list

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The FBI has released its crime data for the first half of 2013, and for the first time in a long time, it's good news for the city of Flint.

Flint is no longer considered the most violent city, and while it's only dropped one spot, crime has dropped much more in the areas of homicide, robbery and aggravated assault.

"I want all of you guys to give yourself a round of applause," Flint Police Chief James Tolbert announced during roll call on Wednesday evening.

What might seem like a small victory to some is a big deal to those fighting on the front lines.

"There was a 26 percent decrease, an overall drop in violent crime, which now puts Flint at No. 2," Tolbert told his officers.

For the past three years, FBI statistics put Flint as the most dangerous city for its size in America. But the numbers for the first six months of 2013 stripped them from that title. On Wednesday night, Tolbert commended his officers.

"Everybody's in, everybody's all in, and because of that, you see, we've dropped to second," said Tolbert.

Tolbert said having Michigan State Police troopers in the city has been a big help, troopers whose main mission is going into crime hot-spots.

"That cooperative effort clearly is beginning to show that it's working," said Lt. Patrick Young of the MSP - Flint Post.

And for groups like the 3 R's, guys who work with ex-convicts to set them on the right path, this is good news.

"It's showing that we can make progress to do better, even though we're still No. 2. I mean, we still got a lot of work to do," said Timothy Abdul-Matin, one of the cofounders of the 3 R's.

It's even better news for residents in the city.

"I mean, almost 30 percent, that's huge, so we got a ways to go, but at least we're moving in the right direction," said Flint resident Adam Lock.

And that's the direction Tolbert said the city needs to be heading.

"We want to move forward, have some sustainability, and even a larger decrease in crime," Tolbert said.

Oakland, CA is now ranked No. 1 in the FBI statistics for most violent city of more than 100,000 people. Flint is followed by Detroit, Memphis and St. Louis.

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