Wednesday, Inkster’s police chief Hilton Napoleon proposed a plan to the Wayne County Commission to eliminate the department and have the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office take over patrols in the city. Napoleon says with so many cuts, it’s the only option left.
Right now, Inkster’s police department has 25 officers, including Chief Napoleon. That number is about a third of the 73 officers the department had in 2011. The plan is aimed to save every job possible.
Napoleon, brother to Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, has been in law enforcement for 33 years, four of those in Inkster. He says the city’s overall crime is down in the last year but violent crimes are continuously going up, Napoleon says because of cuts to the narcotics unit.
Now, as the commission reviews the plan, a feasibility study needs to be approved to ensure the move doesn’t cost the county anything.
If approved, the plan is expected to save the city up to $900,000, a move Napoleon and the county says could become a trend.
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