Flint Struggles with Violent Crime
5:47 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Flint moving ahead with police layoffs, after city breaks murder rate record

Flint has set a new record for murders in the city in a single year.   


This comes at a time when the city plans to lay off 20 police officers later this week. 


Flint recorded its 62nd murder of the year on Monday.  That broke Flint’s previous record of 61 murders in a year set back in 1986, when the city of Flint was much larger.  There are no suspects in Flint’s 62nd homicide of the year. 


And beginning Friday, there will be fewer police officers in Flint. 


The city has issued layoff notices to about a hundred employees, including 20 police officers.   The layoffs are intended to help reduce the city’s projected 5 million dollar budget deficit.  


City police officials insist they can adjust to operate with fewer officers.


Mayor Dayne Walling blames Flint’s rising violent crime problem on the loss of jobs and the increasing problem of drug use in his city.