Gov. Snyder discusses public safety concerns - WNEM TV 5

Gov. Snyder discusses public safety concerns

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder was in Mid-Michigan on Monday talking about the progress Saginaw is making in its ongoing battle against crime. 

Snyder met with Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning and other community leaders to get a status report on how the city is doing.

"That's the most exciting message to see positive progress," Snyder said. 

He was in Saginaw to take part in a community round table about public safety issues.

The meeting was set up to be an open dialogue about what's working well and suggestions to implement. Snyder said he's happy to hear that so far this year crime rates are dropping.

"I was very pleased to see that at least for the first quarter we've had a significant reduction in crime. Over 20 percent for both violent crime and property crime," Snyder said.

City leaders also held a round table back in February. They said since that meeting the city has implemented several of the community's suggestions.

"Our community initiatives such as light up the city one street one week, the youth leadership academy, lots of these initiatives where we're working with the community is also garnering the faith of the community in our police department," said Saginaw police Chief Brian Lipe.

Browning said the city is very fortunate to have the governor stop by and sit in to hear the progress the city had made.

Snyder said there are also several take aways from Monday's meeting.

There were suggestions on how to improve after-school programs and how to fix problems like blight.

They are suggestions that leaders are taking seriously as they work to keep the city moving in the right direction. 

The community round table was invite-only and included many faith-based leaders as well as business and community leaders.

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