Michigan struggles with police cutbacks (Detroit News)

December 17, 2012 – Michigan has lost roughly 1 in 5 law enforcement officers since 2001, as a lingering recession led cash-strapped cities and townships to lay off police, trim services and, in some cases, turn over patrols to county sheriffs. “Since 2001 it’s been a steady decline with cutbacks, layoffs or attrition,” said Fred Timpner, executive director of the Michigan Association of Police, which represents law enforcement officers. “Even the largest suburbs have laid off officers.” The state’s law enforcement ranks dropped to 18,834 as of Oct. 31 from 22,488 in 2001, says the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

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