Cops make probationer/ parolee sweep

FLINT TWP. — Looks like some parolees and probationers living in the township are not staying out of trouble.

A recent police sweep resulted in some arrests and confiscated items, said Lt. Robert Batinkoff of the Flint Township Police Department.

On Feb. 27, township police in a joint compliance check operation with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MCOC) covered about one-third of parolees and probationers living in the township, he said.

This surprise visit resulted in two criminal warrant arrests, four Friend of the Court warrants for unpaid child support, confiscation of narcotics from one probationer and some ammunition from the apartment of another. No weapons were found but the ammunition was taken as a contraband item, Batinkoff said.

Overall, officers felt the sweep was “fairly successful” given the time allotted and hope to address more of the population in the future, he said.

MDOC has programs and processes in place to ensure that probationers and parolees returned to the community live crime-free and productive lives. They can be returned to prison for violations.

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