Detroit Police are getting some patrol help from the Michigan State Police and Wayne County Sheriff’s office to aid with violent crime prevention and traffic enforcement, helping ease some of the sting from an expected trimming of the Detroit Police force, reports the Detroit News. The new city budget effective July 1 cut $75 million from the $414 million police budget.
That’s expected to reduce 380 positions from the force of about 2,600 through attrition and early retirement. The city already has about 1,000 fewer police officers than it did a decade ago, and while the city’s population has shrunk since then, the violent crime rate remains about the same. State Police will tap Detroit’s crime data to determine high-crime areas. “The troopers will go to those areas,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw. “They won’t be answering 911 calls; Detroit Police will respond to their calls for service while troopers will hopefully help knock down the felony crime rate.”