More cuts for financially-strapped Inkster Police Department - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

More cuts for financially-strapped Inkster Police Department

Posted: Updated:
INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) -

Just two years ago the Inkster Police Department had more than 60 police officers. The number of officers has over time been cut to half of that, and the department is facing even more cuts now after prevailing financial troubles.

"Any time you have a financial problem and don't have enough resources, you feel like you're fighting an uphill battle," Chief Hilton Napoleon shares with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley.

The department only has 25 sworn officers. Eight of those officers are expected to take an early retirement. They will be replaced by part-time police officers who will receive no pension or health benefits. Those who are left could be given a stipend to help offset the cost of buying their own insurance.

"You have officers that have, just out there risking their lives every day and you tell them 'You've got to take a ten percent pay cut, or you have to take a twenty percent pay cut,'" Napoleon says.   

And because of the cuts Chief Napoleon has been forced to look outside his department for help. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is offering support and Michigan State Police officers are assisting in patrolling the city and investigating homicides.

"I have a duty to make the citizens safe. I will request help from everybody; I will call FBI; I will call the CIA; I will call the DEA; I will call anybody with an initial in it," Napoleon says.

The department's staff says violent crime is going down and the chief believes the partnerships are to thank, but opponents aren't so sure because the number of homicides will either match or pass last year's numbers.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Jury acquits man in Eastern Michigan football player death

    Jury acquits man in Eastern Michigan football player death

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:32:20 GMT
    A jury has acquitted a man in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.
    A jury has acquitted a man in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.
  • Dearborn man charged with torture, murder of sister

    Dearborn man charged with torture, murder of sister

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:10:00 GMT
    A Dearborn woman is dead and her own brother is behind bars charged with her murder.What happened in the 7500 block of Bingham street Saturday, still has neighbors wondering, 'why.'"I wept, I cried, it's horrible," said neighbor Virginia Leonard.A brother allegedly strangled his own sister, stabbed her several times, and eventually killing her"I'm sure it's a very horrible thing for that family," Leonard said. "Not only did the parents lose a daughter, they lost basically a son too, and it's ...
    A Dearborn woman is dead and her own brother is behind bars charged with her murder.What happened in the 7500 block of Bingham street Saturday, still has neighbors wondering, 'why.'"I wept, I cried, it's horrible," said neighbor Virginia Leonard.A brother allegedly strangled his own sister, stabbed her several times, and eventually killing her"I'm sure it's a very horrible thing for that family," Leonard said. "Not only did the parents lose a daughter, they lost basically a son too, and it's ...
  • Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:59:07 GMT
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices