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Detroit Police Commission Chairman Rev. Jerome Warfield wants to see actuals from DPD before approving a budget. Detroit Police Commission Chairman Rev. Jerome Warfield wants to see actuals from DPD before approving a budget.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

The Detroit Police Commission made it clear Thursday night that despite whatever happened in the past, they want DPD to show them the dollars before they approve a budget.

Everybody needs money, and Detroit doesn't have enough of it.  So you can understand why the commission is demanding answers to a few logical questions.

"How much did we really spend versus how much we budgeted?" said Chairman Rev. Jerome Warfield.

He said the department should be able to answer those question with the click of a mouse.

"What the actuals will show us is exactly what we spent on manpower, what we spent on overtime, what we spent on service contracts," Warfield said.

So why hasn't department brass turned it over?  The commission has asked for it every year for the past three years and never received it.

"How do we project and plan for the future if we're not basing off of actual numbers," Warfield said.

Especially since the Detroit Police Department takes the biggest bite out of the city's budget -- $350 million.  This year, commissioners say they won't approve a budget until the department shows them the money.

"We cannot do our job unless we have that basic information," Warfield said.

So what's the hold up?  As of Thursday's commission meeting, this was the only answer.

"We have a Budget Operations in the police department, and it's their job to get the information that the board requested.  I'll go back to the chief and express the concerns of the board, and they will get the information to the board as soon as they can," said Deputy Chief James Tolbert.

"This time we said, you know what, we're going to hold off sending that over until we get that information," Warfield said.

The commission is going before City Council next week to explain their concerns, and they are hoping this move shows the police department that they are serious.

Warfield also said Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr knows about this and stands with the commission.  He made it clear that he wants the department to show the actuals before the commission approves the budget.

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