Flint police add more officers

FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – After dealing with an increase in violent crime over the past year, Central Michigan’s largest city is adding new officers to its ranks.

The city is also experiencing an increase in response calls.

Flint Police Detective Sgt. Tyrone Booth is happy to see his department swell its ranks.

“So five more officers will definitely help us out,” Booth said.

The regional law enforcement training academy has produced five graduates who will protect and serve the city from vehicles.

“This is at a time when there will be an escalation in call volumes and the types of criminal activity taking place in the warmer months,” Booth said.

Booth said these officers were going to get to work.

“The first step is to place them with a field training officer, and they will be placed with a immediately. They will go and be assigned to patrol operations. So they will instantly start working with a partner principal, responding to 911 calls on the streets of the city of Flint,” Booth said.

Booth said more officers should be added soon. Another eight to 10 people are expected to go to the next academy and are expected to graduate this summer.

He said the plan is to keep adding from there.

“We are working hard to make sure we have enough staff to deal with the issues many people are facing or are facing in the community right now. We are committed to providing a level of service that we hope citizens will be proud of,” Booth said.

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