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Police foundation received $1.08 million grant to help reduce crime

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The Flint Police Foundation has been awarded $1.08 million to help reduce crime.

The grant was donated by the Ruth Mott Foundation to implement the North End Community Crime Strategy.

That strategy targets chances in community infrastructure, culture and physical environment in order to reduce crime, the city of Flint said in a press release.

The grant spans over three years.

The strategy recruits residents and local organizations to help address the factors that lead to crime. Part of that is expanding neighborhood watch programs and growing community policing, the city said.

“The two main components to making this strategy work are acquiring good data and having the buy in from the community,” said Police Chief James W. Tolbert. “When you can share data on crime trends with community members, they have a better understanding of the overall patterns of crime in their areas and see what is working to deter it and what is not.”

Officials believe the strategy will result in a 5 to 10 percent drop in calls in targeted areas, a 50 percent reduction in public drinking and drug use, and a 60 percent reduction in littering and graffiti.

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