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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Flint trying something new to reduce violent crime

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Flint’s police chief hopes a new federal program will bring additional training and grant funding to fight violent crime.

Police Chief James Tolbert says the Violence Reduction Network will help reduce Flint’s high violent crime rate.  

He says the program will provide training in data analysis to identify individuals most likely to commit or be the victims of violent crime. 

“We’re not just blanketing a neighborhood.  Stopping everybody,” says Tolbert, “We’re going after the right people.  When we’re able to catch those people and prosecute them, when they go away, it will make the community a lot safer.”

There have been 44 murders so far this year in Flint.  That’s up significantly from last year.

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