- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The Flint Police Foundation is being established to provide additional funding to the cash-strapped city’s police department.

An event is Tuesday at the farmers market in Flint about the effort. It seeks to help go beyond the city’s budget to sustain and enhance the department’s crime-fighting tools. Mayor Dayne Walling says in a statement the foundation is a “great way to support public safety in the city.”

Officials say the department’s needs include support for training, personal protective crime-fighting gear, stun guns, tear gas and gun-mounted flashlights. It also needs help for its police dog unit, which includes a dog named Endo trained in explosives detection and tracking.

Police Chief James Tolbert says the foundation will have a “direct measurable impact” on safety in the city.

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