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Detroit police cutting back on precinct services

Shortened hours start Jan. 9

DETROIT – It's a new year and the Detroit Police Department is making big changes to help its goal of getting more police officers on the street.

On Jan. 9, all precincts will stop offering 24-hour desk service.

Precinct doors will lock at 4 p.m. and won't reopen until 8 a.m.

"Many police departments throughout the country have gone to this and they don't have access after four or five o'clock in the afternoon," said Detroit Police Commander Seven Dolunt. "It's inconvenient at first, but people adapt, just like we'll adapt."

The move means anyone looking to file a complain will have to do so by phone.

Local 4 has learned that a number of people in non-police positions will lose their job. Some worry an already backed up log will only get worse.

But Dolunt disagrees.

"It's going to work. It's going to work. I have faith it's going to work," he said.