By Associated Press - Saturday, July 25, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Police Chief James Tolbert is scheduled to meet with Flint store owners over ways to keep people from loitering in and around their businesses.

The Flint Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1eoCaJ8 ) Saturday that police hope to reduce drug sales and other crime outside convenience stores, gas stations and clubs. Monday’s meeting will be at City Hall.

Tolbert earlier announced a crackdown on people drinking alcohol, selling drugs or engaging in prostitution in parking lots. Nearly 30 store owners have given officers authority to act on their behalf in dealing with trespassers.

A new ordinance targeting loitering goes into effect in November. Flint store owners will be required to sign an affidavit, authorizing police to remove or arrest loiterers, including customers who do not leave store property after making a purchase.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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