Detroit chief signs order to beef up reserves
Reservists will help out with special details like traffic control, and conduct foot patrols
By George Hunter
The city's 2012-13 budget, which takes effect when the fiscal year begins on July 1, will slash $75 million — or 18 percent — from the police department's $414 million budget, resulting in the elimination of 380 positions from the force of about 2,600 through attrition and early retirement.
Godbee last month signed the order requiring job candidates to serve in the Detroit Police Reserves until the department begins hiring again. The initiative, called the Enhanced Reserve Program, will free up sworn officers to respond to more serious runs, Godbee said.
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