Source: Reuters / MSNBC
DETROIT — Detroit, which has one of the highest crime rates of large American cities, plans to close the doors of its police stations to the public for 16 hours a day starting on Monday as the cash-strapped city struggles to slash costs.
Public-facing desks at the eight stations that represent the eight precincts or districts of the Detroit Police Department will be closed at 4 p.m. every day and reopen the next morning at 8 a.m. It means residents could have a harder time immediately finding face-to-face help from the police during key hours of the day.
The moves are expected to lead to “virtual precincts” as the police department plans to redeploy desk-bound officers to more time on the streets during the affected hours.
The administration of Mayor Dave Bing is under intense pressure to cut hundreds of millions in costs. The city estimates it could run out of money within the next 90 days if immediate action is not taken. The state is currently conducting a financial review that could result in a state takeover.
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