Governor Rick Snyder is expected to call for spending $15 million to improve police departments in some of Michigan’s most dangerous cities. The governor will lay out his plan on Wednesday in Flint.
The FBI ranks Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw among the ten American cities with the highest violent crime rates.
Gerald Cliff is the Chief of Police in Saginaw. He knows what he would like to hear the governor say..
“What would I like to hear him say?," Cliff mused earlier this week, "I would like to hear him say he’s giving me enough money to hire 20 more cops. But I don’t think I’m going to hear that.”
Cliff says he hopes the governor’s plan will focus on working with local police departments to combat violent crime.
Michigan has 34 hundred fewer local police officers than it had in September, 2001.