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As families gear up for a fun weekend, police and firefighters gear up for the Halloween mischief.

A local police chief said he was not relying on volunteers this year. Instead, he hopes a new tool will more than make up for their absence.

“We hope for the best, but we expect the worst,” said Flint Police Chief Terence Green. “Lots of criminal activity like burning houses, things of that nature. We always anticipate gun violence.”

Green said they are stepping up patrols in a big way, but without the help of volunteers.

“Due to the rise in COVID-19 and the Delta variant, we haven’t really relied so much on our volunteers due to the pandemic, so we are basically doing it with our officers,” he said. “We have volunteers for our mini-stations, but we devote just about all of our resources to setting up additional patrols.”

Green said he plans to have 12 more patrols, surveying the streets from the ground.

This year, they will also have their eyes in the sky, with the help of a new helicopter.

“Part of our strategy is to have this on Saturday,” Green said. “For now, we anticipate this will provide support to officers in the field.”

The helicopter has been a long time coming. City council first approved its funding in July.

“It’s a relief,” Green said. “It’s just another piece of equipment, a major piece of equipment that is going to help us fight and fight crime.”

Green is hoping the additional patrols, coupled with the helicopter, will make for a crime-free weekend.

“To know that there is an aviation unit above, and that our ultimate goal with this helicopter is to deter crime, let them know that we are using all of our resources to help keep the public safe.” , did he declare.


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