- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - Inkster’s police chief proposes eliminating his department and hiring the Wayne County sheriff’s department to patrol the financially struggling Detroit suburb.

The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1s6kkAe ) says Chief Hilton Napoleon outlined the plan Wednesday at a meeting of the Wayne County Commission. He’s the brother of Sheriff Benny Napoleon.

The city of 25,000 is operating under a financial consent decree with the state. Napoleon says its 25 officers are struggling to meet its law enforcement needs.

Napoleon says the force was 73 only a few years ago.

City Manager Richard Marsh says Inkster would pay the county about $2.6 million a year, the amount it now spends to operate its own department. Officers who want to keep their jobs would have to apply to become sheriff’s deputies.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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