At least a dozen more Michigan State Police troopers could be assigned to the streets of Flint, but only if their are more jail beds to accommodate those that they arrest.

The State Police say that they are prepared to take on the job of "proactive patrol", which means being active in targeted area's of Flint with the most crime. But there is a catch.Lt. Vol Dan Atkinson said the area's county jail overcrowding has to be solved first so troopers can do more than issue appearance tickets to those with outstanding warrants. The lack of jail space has been an ongoing problem in Flint and could be a factor in getting the much needed help from the Michigan State Police.