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The Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association union just received a letter notifying them that under emergency management, their contract will now expire July 6, and many of the 460 members are worried.

"I'm sure that there will be significant pay reduction, healthcare reduction, possibly pension reduction and significant work rule changes," said DPLSA President Sergeant Mark Young.

Young told Fox 2 his members make around $60,000 and put their lives on the line every day. Of the 460 lieutenants and sergeants, more than 200 of them are eligible for retirement and considering taking it to find a new job. That can only make Detroit more dangerous.

"That's what you got here, some of the world's finest cops. They want to stay here, but when it comes down to staying here and providing for my family and the security for my family, one's got to give," Young said.

Detroit's new police chief, James Craig, is urging his command staff to stay, and the DPLSA's Charles Flanagan, a lieutenant with 28 years on the job, said the union is in communication with Kevyn Orr, and he is staying hopeful.

"We have a dialogue with Mr. Orr. Public safety is his top priority, and I think he realizes that we have modest pensions," Flanagan said. "The members should stay and let this play itself out. Mr. Orr was sent here to do a job. On July 7, it's not going to be any different than July 6, and we are going to sit down and we're going to negotiate something."

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