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State police work to make Saginaw, Flint safer

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

There are currently 73 Michigan state troopers assigned to help Flint and Saginaw fight crime. 

They were brought in to supplement local police departments after cuts to public safety were made in those cities.

"We don't want any crime in either city. So we're working very hard together with both police departments to achieve that goal," said Annie Boensch, Saginaw City Council member.

Over the last couple of years the Michigan State Police began partnerships with local law enforcement. Budget cuts in both Saginaw and Flint have drastically cut public safety numbers. The state police have stepped in to help with patrols. Boensch thinks working as a team is the right approach.

"I think it's working very well for us, frankly. We've developed a great relationship with them between our police department and then the state police, and I think you see it with the lower crime rates," she said.

The state police said they have only one goal when it comes to the cities of Saginaw and Flint.

"Our goal is to eradicate the bad people in both of those cities and make both of these cities safer," Lt. Brian Cole said.

Flint Police Chief Tolbert said his department really appreciates the extra bodies on the streets.

"They are invaluable in investigation and they are invaluable during our patrol side. And right now they really assist our officers in this declining crime," Tolbert said.

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