Michigan’s two largest cities, Detroit and Grand Rapids, have seen more homicides this year, even though the overall crime rate has remained steady.
Federal authorities say they’re withdrawing a dozen agents brought to Flint from around the country earlier this year to help deal with the city’s crime rate.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder got the extra police troopers and summer jobs programs for inner city youths he wanted in the new budget, but he failed to get lawmakers to tie education money to student performance or invest as much as he wanted in health initiatives.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said the department is having some success fighting crime by putting more cops on the street and going to 12 hour shifts for officers.
Detroit police say the murder rate in the city is up 15 percent from last year at this time, with more than 180 homicides as of July 10.
It’s positive news for the city of Detroit. The number of violent crimes for the first half of 2010 fell by eight-percent.
Crime is up in Detroit and a number of suburbs, bucking a national trend showing a decline in violent crime.