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About the Flint Police Department

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.




Selected book from a Flint Police Department police officer.

Soul Of A Black Cop
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