Detroit Evening Report: Detroit residents seek funding for police alternatives from city council

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As Detroit city officials move to approve next year’s budget, some residents want more funding for alternatives to police.

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Many asked Detroit City Council this week to create an Office of Violence Prevention, which would support community-based programs that improve public safety.

Similar agencies have been set up in Milwaukee, Baltimore and Chicago.

The Detroit Police Department is asking for a $22 million increase on its $366 million budget. The increase in funding would mainly pay for salary raises and benefits.

DPD proposed cutting operations across several units including homicide. There are nearly 390 total vacancies at the police department according to recent city reports, more than 10% of positions currently available at the agency.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.