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City and university police team up for security

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

As thousands of people descend on downtown Flint this weekend for the Crim, local police are doing everything they can they all feel safe.

The two men are leading the charge for safety: Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and the University of Michigan’s Police Chief Phil Smith.

They said they are working as a team this weekend.  

"We have each other's back and to have the support of the administration of the city of Flint bringing a collaborative effort for all us to make safer Flint," Smith said.

On Saturday, more than 50,000 people will travel to Flint. Tolbert said this will be a wonderful opportunity to engage, communicate and congratulate the men and women in uniform.

"We've always tried to be more approachable and have that relationship you have to have a relationship with the community. That why we do our community contact sheets were officers are just talking, just to find out what they need," Tolbert said.

The federal government has asked all of law enforcement to beef up security at big event like the Crim since 2001.

"We're here we are diligent and we are constantly assessing the threat level we're making sure there aren't any creditable threats and we move forward from there," Tolbert said.

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