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.