03/05/2012 08:39 am ET

As Dollars Dwindle, So Have Michigan Police Ranks

By TIM MARTIN/ Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’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.

Gov. Rick Snyder – saying it’s unacceptable that Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw rank among the nation’s top 10 in violent crime rates for cities with at least 50,000 people – plans to detail how he’d boost public safety during a special message to the state Legislature early this month.

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