Detroit police chief: Financial woes affect safety

October 25, 2013
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This Oct. 1, 2013 photo shows the James Scott Fountain on Belle Isle in Detroit. With Detroit facing bankruptcy, all the city's assets are being assessed; the Scott Fountain is valued at $43,560. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's new police chief says the city's financial woes have hobbled his department and threatened the safety of officers, residents and visitors.

James Craig testified Friday during a trial to determine whether the city is eligible to fix its finances in bankruptcy court that he has found "deplorable conditions" of facilities and equipment. He started his job in July — the same month the city filed for bankruptcy.

Craig, who has worked for several law enforcement agencies nationwide, says department morale is lower than anywhere else he's worked. That includes when he worked as an officer in Detroit in the 1970s.

He says officers blame pay cuts and 12-hour shifts brought on by money problems.

The trial determining bankruptcy eligibility is in its third day and continues next week.