Detroit chief would like more officers as numbers decline

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police Chief James Craig says he’d like to have more officers on the city’s force.

The Detroit News reports there are fewer officers patrolling Detroit than at any time since the 1920s after the city lost nearly half of its patrol officers since 2000. The newspaper says the ranks shrunk by 37 percent in the past three years to 1,590.

Craig says: “These officers do the most difficult job in the country, and they need to get paid more.”

Budget cuts have hit the department and some have left to work elsewhere. Craig says: “It’s hard to keep people when other cities can offer so much more money.”

Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, says it’s `a crisis, and the dam is going to break.”


Information from: The Detroit News

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