(WLNS) – A inventory of the Flint Police property room last February confirmed what many people feared: There were weapons missing.
When the count was completed it was found that 17 service pistols and shotguns belonging to Flint police were officially listed as stolen. Added to that total are 22 more guns used by Flint police that are lost or missing.
According to our media partners at MLive, some of those guns are now being used in crimes in cities statewide, including Jackson.
Guns have been stolen out of the cars and homes of Flint police officers. Some of the weapons have been recovered; others have been found in the hands of suspects arrested for crimes.
Flint police Chief James Tolbert said the city is working to reduce the number of guns on hand to be more in line with a department that has undergone staffing cuts in recent years.
The city currently has 114 police officers. The known arsenal includes 414 weapons, ranging from handguns to gas guns. Tolbert says he is examining whether the city’s police force needs that much firepower.
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