Flint No Longer Most Violent City in the Country
For the first time in three years, Flint is no longer the most violent city in the country according to FBI statistics. Through the first six months of 2013, Flint saw a 26 percent drop in violent crime.
Along with commending his officers, Flint Police Chief James Tolbert also said thanks should be given to the residents. "Along with the diligent work of our law enforcement officers, special recognition needs to be given to the everyday citizens who have come forward with information to help our officers more rapidly and effectively solve crimes. As we have said before, no information is too small or insignificant for the police in solving a crime. Working together, we can and will make Flint a safer city."
Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley added that cooperation between law enforcement agencies also contributed. "The concerted efforts of the Flint Police Department and its local law enforcement partners, including the Michigan State Police, and the reopening of the City Lockup have show positive results. While these initial results are good, we will remain focused on utilizing the tactics and resources we know are working and continue to seek other methods and resources that can help us improve the overall service to the community and provide the best level of public safety possible."
Oakland, California is now the most violent city in the country followed by Flint and Detroit.