Detroit has fewest uniformed officers on duty since Prohibition

Detroit has fewest uniformed officers on duty since Prohibition
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Given some recent incidents of violence in Detroit as of late, this is some disheartening news: the Detroit Police Department has the fewest number of uniformed officers on duty since the 1920s, according to a report in The Detroit News

The number of officers has depleted by nearly 40 percent in just the last three years, the News' reports:

Left behind are 1,590 officers — the lowest since Detroit beefed up its police force to battle Prohibition bootleggers.

"This is a crisis, and the dam is going to break," said Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association. "It's a Catch-22: I know the city is broke, but we're not going to be able to build up a tax base of residents and businesses until we can provide a safe environment for them."

Diaz told the newspaper starting pay for officers in the city is $14 per hour. 

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Ryan Felton

Ryan Felton was born in 1990 and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Livonia. In 2009, after a short stint at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to Detroit where he has remained ever since. After graduating from Wayne State University’s journalism program, he went on to work as a staff writer...
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