Standing near the spot where crime curbing traffic barriers were put up last Friday, Lansing leaders announced the addition of four new community police officers.
Mayor Virg Bernero says he's committed to funding four new patrol officers in his next budget to replace the four switching over to the community policing program. It will cost roughly $400,000 to hire four new officers.
Police Chief Mark Alley says the positions will be posted this week and could be filled as early as two weeks from now.
The officers will be stationed in the Genesee neighborhood, the downtown corridor, the Baker/Donora neighborhood and the area near Wainwright Elementary School.
The addition follows three murders and one suspicious death in Lansing this month.
After the addition, Lansing's Community Policing program will have ten officers making it the largest program of its kind in mid-Michigan.