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Thu January 19, 2012
Flint emergency manager welcomes promised state help with violent crime problem
Flint’s emergency manager is welcoming the governor’s pledge to help with the city’s violent crime problem.
Governor Snyder promised in Wednesday’s State of the State address to work with Flint, Detroit, Saginaw and Pontiac to address their nationally ranked crime problems. The governor will lay out his plan in March.
“I’ve asked my police chief and others in our community who are criminal justice professionals to be thinking about how we can best work with the state," says Mike Brown, Flint’s emergency manager.
Flint’s crime rate has soared as budget deficits have forced city leaders to lay off police officers in recent years.
Flint police have investigated five murders in the past week. The city set a record for murders in 2010. After peaking at 66 murders in 2010, Flint recorded 55 homicides in 2011, with a sharp decline in the number of murders in the second half of the year.