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