james tolbert http://michiganradio.org en 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