Lansing Police Seeing Effects of Layoffs Already

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Thirty-six pairs of boots are lined up in the Lansing Police Department's north precinct in honor of the 36 officers laid off Friday.

"We have lost extraordinary talent, the finest men and women in law enforcement," said Captain Ray Hall. "They've just turned in their badges and guns and walked out the door."

And at the department headquarters: silence. Empty cubicles and boxed up belongings paint a somber mood.

"It's been a dramatic change overnight," said Detective Brad St. Aubin.

He's already juggling 30 cases, six of them murders.

"My case load's definitely going to go up. We've had four detectives that have been demoted," he said.

As for patrols...

"It's devastating to us and our ability to effectively police the city," said Officer Norm Naimy. "I got dispatched to an accident and the people waited an hour and five minutes."

Just day one and already response times are increasing. Take a breaking and entering Friday on the east side.

"The officer had no backup. The officer said on the raidio, 'well it's going to have to wait 'til you get a unit to back me,'" Naimy said.

The cuts mean police won't have the same presence at community events. They also can't be as proactive.

"Identifying the thugs on the street corner that are doing hand to hand drug deals for example, identifying, apprehending drunk drivers, although we'll still be doing that, for the level we did it before will be impacted and that goes across all categories of crime," said Captain Ray Hall.

And given we're in the peak summer crime months, the timing couldn't be worse, he said.


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