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03-03-12, 08:09 PM #1
As dollars dwindle, so have Michigan police ranksMichigan's cash crunch has resulted in the nation's largest percentage drop in law enforcement employees over the past decade, gutting some police stations, lowering arrest totals and leaving many residents to fend for themselves.The state has lost more than 3,400 law enforcement officers since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, according to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Michigan lost nearly 15 percent of its civilian and officer law enforcement employees combined from 2001 through 2010, the steepest percentage drop in the U.S., according to a review of annual FBI statistics.Statewide arrests have fallen annually in recent years, with 2010 totals running 15 percent below levels in 2006. Many in law enforcement say the declining number of officers is one factor contributing to the reduced arrest numbers.
And even though reported crime is down in many communities, those statistics can be misleading because some crimes may simply go unreported by residents who believe police won't have the time or resources to assist them.
"We had officers out there before taking reports," Michigan State Police Director Kriste Kibbey Etue said. "A lot of police departments won't even file a report on certain incidents these days."
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