While unveiling his financial plan earlier this week, Michael Brown, emergency manager for the city of Flint, warned that without the renewal of a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the city might have to lay off a dozen police officers, MLive.com reports.
The funding would be used to continue the 21st Century Community Policing Initiative, a collaboration between the city and Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice that aims to increase the capacity of the Flint police department by reviving some of the community-oriented policing techniques that were developed in the city in the 1970s and '80s. Awarded through the foundation's special initiatives program, the grant, which followed a $1.1 million grant from the foundation to re-establish foot patrols across the city's nine wards in 2010, was extended to June 30 earlier this year.
Carol Rugg, vice president of communications for the foundation, told MLive.com that the grant application was received last week and is being reviewed. "We just got the Flint proposal," said Rugg. "Nobody has had a chance to review that yet."