james tolbert http://michiganradio.org en Flint police are trying to whittle down a backlog of misdemeanor warrants http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-are-trying-whittle-down-backlog-misdemeanor-warrants <p>Flint police are launching a new effort this week to clear a backlog of misdemeanor warrants.</p><p></p><p>The department has more than 23,000 misdemeanor warrants on its books. Some of them date back to the 1970’s.</p><p></p><p>Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says these warrants for relatively minor offenses can lead to major problems for police.</p><p></p><p>“Because they’re wanted, they run for us. They engage in high-speed pursuits,” says Tolbert.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Tolbert says “Operation Fresh Start” lets people resolve their outstanding warrants without being arrested.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18509 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police are trying to whittle down a backlog of misdemeanor warrants Some Flint residents want state troopers to leave town http://michiganradio.org/post/some-flint-residents-want-state-troopers-leave-town <p>Frustration of about the presence of Michigan State Police troopers patrolling Flint hit the street today.</p><p></p><p>Flint city councilman Wantwaz Davis organized a rally that brought out more than 100 people to Flint city hall. &nbsp;Davis says state troopers are driving on city streets “like renegades and cowboys.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:45:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 18372 at http://michiganradio.org Some Flint residents want state troopers to leave town Some Flint police officers are trading a desk for a patrol car http://michiganradio.org/post/some-flint-police-officers-are-trading-desk-patrol-car <p>Some Flint police officers are getting out from behind a desk today and getting back on the street.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint Police Chief James Tolbert calls it ”inside-out" – taking police officers who usually spend their day doing administrative work and putting them into a patrol car.</p><p>He says that adds nine to 18 more patrol cars on Flint streets at a time.</p><p>“I know we’ve made multiple arrests today,” Tolbert said on Friday. “We’re getting people with warrants off the street … you’re serving multiple purposes all at the same time.”</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17470 at http://michiganradio.org Some Flint police officers are trading a desk for a patrol car Flint police turning to donors to meet needs http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-turning-donors-meet-needs <p>The Flint Police Department is taking a new approach to solving one of its biggest problems: money.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s declining tax base has meant deep cuts to the city’s police department for well over a decade. The result has been fewer police officers working with increasingly aging equipment.</p><p></p><p>The new Flint Police Foundation is intended to help fill the gap between the department’s needs and what its budget will allow.</p><p></p><p>The foundation will search for donors who can either provide cash or equipment.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16669 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police turning to donors to meet needs Flint taking a look at pawn shops and scrap yards http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-taking-look-pawn-shops-and-scrap-yards <p>The city of Flint may soon propose new regulations on pawn shops and scrap yards.</p><p></p><p>Flint police chief James Tolbert says he’s concerned about “the crime behind the crime” of burglaries in the city.</p><p></p><p>He’s looking at a new ordinance for city pawn shops and scrap yards.</p><p></p><p>“We’re working on a way where we can better monitor what goes in and goes out,” says Tolbert, though he declined to say exactly how that would be done.</p><p></p><p>Tolbert says he’s also been talking with other Genesee County chiefs of police about the problem.</p><p></p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16082 at http://michiganradio.org Flint taking a look at pawn shops and scrap yards Flint sees improvement in violent crime rate http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-sees-improvement-violent-crime-rate <p>Flint’s police chief says violent crime is down in his city, despite the city reaching a grim milestone this past week.</p><p>Last Sunday, 16 year old Wesley Gillmore became the 50th person murdered in Flint this year. &nbsp;&nbsp;Flint has notched at least fifty homicides in each of the last four years. The city set a record with 67 murders in 2012.</p><p>Still police Chief James Tolbert says Flint’s violent crime rate is improving, down 29% in the last 11 months.</p><p>To keep that downward direction, Tolbert says the public’s help is needed.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15408 at http://michiganradio.org Flint sees improvement in violent crime rate Flint's new police chief gets to work http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-new-police-chief-gets-work <p>New Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says he wants to &ldquo;make Flint safe for the people who live here, (and) the people who visit here&rdquo;</p><p>This is the first day on the job for Tolbert.&nbsp; He previously served for more than 25 years in the Detroit Police Department, where he rose to Deputy Chief.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:41:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14832 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's new police chief gets to work