12/30/2012 10:55 am ET

Mergers, Contracts Grow As Michigan Police Shrink 16%; Budgets Force Scramble To Keep Public Safe

With 16% fewer police officers on the streets in Michigan than a decade ago, officials across the region say 2013 could be another tough year of budget cuts, layoffs or consolidations. The continuing challenge for appointed and elected officials: Do more with less.

This year brought many changes -- from beefed-up patrols in Detroit by Michigan State Police troopers to restructuring fire and police agencies, such as a consolidation of the fire departments in Wayne and Westland.

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