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Local city to hire police consultant

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A controversial hiring has the city of Flint under some criticism.

The city is bringing in a consultant to look at how they can run the police and fire agencies more efficiently. It's not cheap especially for the cash-strapped city.

"It should have been better explained to the people," said Jason Lorenz, public information officer.

People were scratching their heads on Thursday, wondering where the city of Flint was coming up with tens of thousands of dollars for a firm to do a study on public safety in the city. 

"This is being funded completely by grant funds through the state of Michigan and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. So it's not costing the city anything. It is not a new position that the city is funding," Lorenz said.

The study is something the emergency manager has been talking about for months, Lorenz said.

The state is responsible for choosing the firm, at the cost of about $85,000.

City officials said they could take that money and hire a couple of new officers. But they also said this is a one time grant and those officers hired would have to be laid off the following year. The city is hoping this study provides more of a look into the future.

"The best thing is to take the study. Because if you're hiring then the next year we'll be going through the same thing again. Take the study then you get something that's permanent. A fix, putting a bandage on nothing never fixed it," said Walter Tipton, Flint resident.

City officials said they're not looking for more bandages. They're looking at the long-term.

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