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FBI: Violent crime fell in 2 largest Mid-Michigan cities

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The latest crime stats from the FBI show some good news for two of Mid-Michigan's largest cities.

The report shows both Flint and Saginaw dramatically reduced violent crime in 2015.

Saginaw reduced it by 18-percent while Flint reduced it by just over 14-percent.

Violent crime is classified as murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

The news is much welcome in Flint especially, which is trying to build up its image after the water crisis and years of high crime.

The Flint Police Department said the report is validation for everything it is trying to do.

“The city of Flint wants to be a leader. We do not want to be a leader on this list. And we have for years and years not only been on the list, but leading the list. And now we're not even on the list, which is an excellent example of the progress that we've made,” said an official.

The department said homicides are down 40-percent in 2016 compared to the same time a year ago.

They expect to see another improvement in the FBI numbers next year.

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