Inkster police chief calls on state to help crime-ridden city

Inkster police chief calls on state to help crime-ridden city

Posted: Updated:
Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon
INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) -

Over 25,000 people call it home, but many are becoming more and more afraid to live in Inkster. Now, the city's police chief is calling on the state to lend a hand to make the streets a safer place.

"Either they're going to give us the resources to put a police force out here, or they're going to (have to) bring the National Guard in," says Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon.

Napoleon knows just how bad the streets of his city have become. With 12 murders so far this year, the city has already matched all of its homicides from 2012. On Thursday night, police say a possible drive-by shooting left four people injured.

Napoleon says his ranks are down from over 60 officers just two years ago, to only 24 men in uniform. He wants more officers to fight crime and he wants a piece of the state's $400 million surplus.

"The state has plenty of money. What good is it to have a surplus if you've got cities out here hurting?"

Napoleon says $3 million would allow him to hire at least 15 more full-time officers.

State officials tell FOX 2 much of the surplus is being used to fix Michigan roads, public safety initiatives and education projects. But none is specifically marked for Inkster.

Michigan State troopers are lending a hand in the streets, but Napoleon says it's not enough. "You can't cut our police department the way it's been cut and expect it to be safe."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Trench collapse in Pittsfield Township

    Trench collapse in Pittsfield Township

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:24:07 GMT
    Emergency crews are at the scene of an apparent trench collapse in Pittsfield Township.
    Emergency crews are at the scene of an apparent trench collapse in Pittsfield Township.
  • Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:22:13 GMT
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • Reward offered for info on who killed father of six in his driveway

    Reward offered for info on who killed father of six in his driveway

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:16:49 GMT
    A Detroit businessman and father of six, is gunned down in front of his own home.Tonight, his grieving family is demanding justice for Jacob Fry-Hooper, who was murdered in June.He was heading home from his brother's house on the night he was killed.Hooper had just pulled into his driveway. But as he was getting out of the car, someone fired several shots, killing him.Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for tips that can lead to an arrest. To help, call 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Tipsters can rem...
    A Detroit businessman and father of six, is gunned down in front of his own home.Tonight, his grieving family is demanding justice for Jacob Fry-Hooper, who was murdered in June.He was heading home from his brother's house on the night he was killed.Hooper had just pulled into his driveway. But as he was getting out of the car, someone fired several shots, killing him.Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for tips that can lead to an arrest. To help, call 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Tipsters can rem...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices