Smaller Police Force Handles Series of Crime

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Over one night, police sirens rang through the streets of Lansing.

"We had a busy night here at the Lansing Police Department. We had numerous calls, many of them serious calls," said Sgt. Joe Brown of the Lansing Police Department. " We received fight calls, burglary calls, shots fired calls, and stabbing calls."

It began when shots were fired in downtown Lansing where a man stole a tip jar from New York Burrito and fled on foot. Then, police made a traffic stop where several illegal guns were confiscated.

"With last night seisure of the guns, we have recovered 7 illegal guns within the last 2 days," said Sgt. Brown.

Shortly after, two burglaries of medical marijuana dispensaries were reported on Martin Luther King Blvd. The crime didn't stop there. On the north side of town, two people were stabbed after a house party ended just before 5 am.

"One of the two victims was stabbed in the neck and the other was stabbed in the arm," said Sgt. Brown.

More than 30 Lansing police officers were laid-off a month ago, and councilman Eric Hewitt says police are being stretched too thin. But the Lansing mayor says the force is doing more with less.

"Even after the cuts---and we've had tough cuts to make---I still feel good about the city's ability to respond to crime in a timely way. Our response time is not down," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

The mayor says some programs like Neighborhood Watch were dropped due to budget cuts.

"We can't put a policeman on every corner, we all want that. What we can do is work together.

He hopes the community will step up to help combat crime.

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  • by Peter Location: Lansing on Nov 2, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    The police does not respond to crime in a timely way...They repsond about 30 minsutes or even later! Within that amount of time, the suspect could be long gone! Not only that, the 911 operator takes most of the time up. How? Well, lets just say, if its a theft situation or an emergency, STOP ASKING SO MUCH INSTRUCTION and just get the dang address.
  • by Denise Location: Lansing on Aug 4, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    How very typical. The Mayor is touting that response time isn't down, yet fails to recognize that the police officers are stretched to continue to provide such service. Is he really that ignorant? What will it take? Someone's death? Even then, will he then blame the police department after they are doing so much with so much less? It doesn't take a genius to see that there are police cuts and crime rises. There is a breaking point it's poor leadership to wait until it's reached before doing something about it. Very disappointed :(
  • by Liza on Aug 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    I realize that the cops have a rather tough job. Plus they are trying to do more with less people. But the comments comming out of south Lansing just floor me. There are a lot of really nice neighborhoods down there, and really nice people. The city really need to do something, and if they cann't then they need to invole the counties since part of the area is in Eaton, and if need be the state. I think Virg spent a lot of money rather freely a year or so ago, and now the city if paying for it. We didn't need the solar panels that will never pay for themselves, the cameras, the fancy park benches along Cedar St. nor the fancy walls and plants. There were less expensive ways of doing the same thing. Thats a lot of money that could be used now to pay for police something we really do need. I am more than a little angry with our fine Mayor. But he got his picture on a magizine. Hope the increase in crime was worth it.
  • by Sandi on Aug 2, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    I also live in S. Lansing. The story about the kids was posted to our neighborhood group on Thursday. Alynn Robinson our city council rep replied and said she would talk to Chief of Police. Guess she forgot or the police don't think this is serious. As to the $350 thousand dollars of cameras put in downtown. They don't do a darn thing for any us you live outside of the city center. Also while the LPD might be rather busy, I would think stopping crime before it spreads any further would be a high priority. Since we are doing more with less. But then like a great many other people in S Lansing, I don't live on Moores River Drive.
  • by MIMI on Aug 2, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    I live in So West Lansing, and belong to LENO (Lansing Eaton Neighborhood Organization). I saw a posting about these kids, and it said do not try talking to them, just call police. Think the police needs to do something about these boys now, before something really bad happens. I am not usually up at 2 in the morning, so I haven't seen them but I understand the attack on the small kids happened during daylight hours. If you see these boys call the police.
  • by Geri on Aug 2, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    I live on Pleasant Grove, I see these kids on the streets all the time, and watch the cops drive right by them. I have had a window shot with a bee bee gun, and there is nothing the cops can or will do but take a report. I think they need to just round up these kids and get them off the streets, and if the parents can't control them, then the state can. They are under age and have no business out on the street at 2 in the a.m.
  • by people wonder on Aug 1, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    How are all those video camera's working out for us Mayor Bernero? I'll bet crime is up in this city and I'd rather have the cops than the costly camera's that seem to have been a waste of money.
  • by Lee on Aug 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    I am always a supporter of LPD, however awhile ago there was a story about all the crime in SW Lansing. I want to know why the police have ignored for over a year a group of about 30 boys who are riding the streets in So Lansing even at 2 or 3 in the morning. They usually are in a group of 15 to 30 and range in ages from 12 and up. I thought we had a curfew? I am really disqusted with LPD that when these kids rode on to private property and shot 5 small kids with pellet and bee bee guns, all the LPD did was they told Brookshire Townhomes to post their property No Trespassing. That there was nothing they could do. These kids have shot bee bee guns at homes, cars and now kids, all over south west Lansing. What is it going to take, one of them getting a real gun and shooting someone? The police need to do more than ignore. I am sorry we have less officers, but they don't seem to be working any harder, or taking more calls than they did with 30 more cops on the payroll. What is wrong with this picture.
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      by Agreeable on Aug 1, 2011 at 07:29 PM in reply to Lee
      Yea, I saw kids riding their bikes last night,in my neighborhood, at 2 a.m. with their back packs on.Gee, wonder what is in those pack packs at 2 a.m. Think they are going to night school? LOL! They think they are so tricky on their bicycles. geez, Could at least pull them over and take their gun away.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Well the cops in south lansing are sometimes blind to whats right in front of their noses, they don't stop don't question, just keep right on driving. Then you wonder why we have problems in South Lansing. I alsos bet this doesn't get printed.
  • by concerned Location: lansing on Jul 31, 2011 at 09:35 PM
    you know ricardo, you may feel that you were being "ripped off" because of extra cops, why don't you consider the fact that with less cops, that means less help when they need it.
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