Sterling Heights is well known as one of the safest large cities in America. This reputation is a point of pride among long term residents, and is one of the reasons new families move to our city.
However, due to state revenue sharing cuts, the city council has laid off police officers even as our city population has continued to grow.
I find this situation unacceptable. At it's high point 15 years ago, the Sterling Heights Police Department had 173 sworn officers. Today that number stands at 149.
I believe any new revenue coming into our city should first be redirected to hiring new police. To remain one of the safest cities in America, we need to continue to invest in our most important crime fighting tool: personnel.
These additional resources are necessary to ensure that Sterling Heights remains one of the safest cities in America.