DETROIT (WXYZ) - Beleaguered by budget cuts and layoffs Detroit's police department is down hundreds of officers from just five years ago, and with more budget cuts in the city, the department's future is blurry.
To help fight crime in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods Michigan State Police troopers are stepping in and are already on patrols.
Michigan State Police will put 12 troopers on the ground, along with two sergeants and a lieutenant. They will also be providing investigative support.
The added reinforcements come as part of the governor's "safe cities" initiative, which calls for state assistance in municipalities with high crime rates.
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