• Detroit To Beef Up Cop Patrols

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    Detroit — About 150 more officers will patrol city streets as a result of a multimillion-dollar federal grant.

    The first wave of 100 cops will be shifted from desk jobs within the next few weeks, Police Chief Warren Evans said Tuesday.

    Another 50 officers will be hired through an $11 million federal grant and could be patrolling after six months of training, Evans said.

    Officers who previously were in administrative or investigative positions are needed elsewhere, Evans said. The city has about 3,000 officers.

    “Some staffs had too many paper-pushers,” Evans said. “We need those officers on the street patrolling.”

    Deployment will be a “moving target,” and officers will be assigned to neighborhoods where crime is spiking, Evans said. “We’ll look at data to determine where the need is,” Evans said.

    The city’s 6th and 8th precincts have been hardest hit by crime in recent months, with a number of shootings, armed robberies and home invasions, police officials said. Those precincts are on the city’s northwest side.

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