About the Flint Police
The Flint Police Department consists
of an Administrative Office and two Bureaus: Police Operations Bureau and Criminal Investigations Bureau. The Bureaus are
commanded by a captain each and report to the Deputy Chief. Each Bureau consists of Divisions which are commanded by Lieutenants.
The Detective Bureau was historically
organized into offense-specific squads devoted to homicide, robbery, burglary, larceny, sex crimes, auto theft and vice/narcotics.
A lieutenant supervised each squad
and contained a detective sergeant and the number of detectives necessary to the assignment. A special arson squad was created
in 1977 when a Flint firefighter was assigned to work with a police partner. Flint
detectives developed reputations for competency and were considered the finest in the State by their peers. The detective
rank was abolished in the mid-1970’s and all detectives became sergeants. This move gave the Administration more flexibility
with personnel assignments, as sergeants could thereafter be moved between investigative and uniform assignments depending
on need. The Detective Bureau’s name was changed to Criminal Investigative Bureau.