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More cuts for financially-strapped Inkster Police Department

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INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) -

Just two years ago the Inkster Police Department had more than 60 police officers. The number of officers has over time been cut to half of that, and the department is facing even more cuts now after prevailing financial troubles.

"Any time you have a financial problem and don't have enough resources, you feel like you're fighting an uphill battle," Chief Hilton Napoleon shares with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley.

The department only has 25 sworn officers. Eight of those officers are expected to take an early retirement. They will be replaced by part-time police officers who will receive no pension or health benefits. Those who are left could be given a stipend to help offset the cost of buying their own insurance.

"You have officers that have, just out there risking their lives every day and you tell them 'You've got to take a ten percent pay cut, or you have to take a twenty percent pay cut,'" Napoleon says.   

And because of the cuts Chief Napoleon has been forced to look outside his department for help. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is offering support and Michigan State Police officers are assisting in patrolling the city and investigating homicides.

"I have a duty to make the citizens safe. I will request help from everybody; I will call FBI; I will call the CIA; I will call the DEA; I will call anybody with an initial in it," Napoleon says.

The department's staff says violent crime is going down and the chief believes the partnerships are to thank, but opponents aren't so sure because the number of homicides will either match or pass last year's numbers.

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