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Detroit officials double overtime pay to increase police presence for big events

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Detroit officials want to increase the police presence during some big events in the city by doubling officer’s overtime pay.

Detroit hosts concerts, festivals, even the start of the Lions’ football season over the next month.

City officials say that requires hundreds of extra police office in crowded sections of Detroit like Greektown or the downtown area.

So Mayor Mike Duggan is using an executive order to double the overtime pay for police officers working Friday’s and over the weekend.

Police plan a mix of assigned and volunteer officers to patrol the streets, and hopefully lessen the chance for gun violence, in particular.

The overtime payments continue until the end of September.

Quinn Klinefelter is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, anchoring midday newscasts and preparing reports for WDET, NPR and the BBC. Klinefelter joined WDET in 1998 after earning a M.A. from the nation’s top-ranked journalism school, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and working as a sports correspondent for BBC Radio 4 and as a talk show host, anchor and reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio.