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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  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    I am sorry but while I agree that some complaints are just plain silly or stupid, and the police should ignore them. I find that someone threatening someone, domestic violence, gun shoots fired, etc should be handled anyway. But folks what no one realizes is that there are times things that sound like they are very serious to you and I get ignored even with a full crew of officers. Don't blame the govenor for this blame the Mayor. He has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on things to make the city "pretty" instead of investing it the things the city really needs. We never needed cameras downtown to show if something was going on. We needed cops on the streets. So put the blame squarly on the shoulders of the man who just laid off the 36 cops. Virg Benero!
  • by Scott Location: Lansing on Jul 4, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    Hate to see anybody lose their job, but for those remaining your just going to have to work harder. If you can't handle that theres a long line of people that would be happy to have your job. Slacking off and trying to act like you cant get things done will get you no sympathy from me.
  • by Jane Location: Lansing on Jul 2, 2011 at 08:48 PM
    Hey Bob im glad you live in Holt too, oh wait, Holt is south Lansing, and Lansing does get called to back Delhi when they need help so good luck to you. How about you don't talk about things you know nothing about. Government can cut so many other things without going after the citizens safetly through police and fire. Time for a new major. His time is waaaaaay overdue!!!!
  • by Tony Location: Lansing on Jul 2, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    I'm so sick and tired hearing people crying over our elected governor. This man has made well chosen cuts across our state. He has a budget signed well before the dead line. We are a state that needs to come together as one. To many people are crying over the cuts that have been made. I think smaller government is in need. Cut the high paying local and government jobs.
    End these unemployment job extension . Our safety isn't our local law enforcement or fire dept. It's you as an individual using your head and keeping your eyes and ears open.
  • by andrew Location: lansing on Jul 2, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    i wonder how B-ZERO will twist these layoffs as a positive decision for whatever position he will attempt to run for when he does not get the city job next yr??????????
  • by a cop Location: lansing on Jul 2, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    To answer some of the comments here, we won't have time for drunk drivers unless they are involved in an accident. The officers that were posted at the concert were most likely assinged there per "request" of the mayor and that was before the layoffs. Officers wont take there time getting to serious calls to "prove a point", but two officer calls are just that and will wait for back up. Some calls like fireworks, barking dogs, loud music, your neighbor making you mad will wait for hours if responded to at all. If you are disappointed with the service call the mayor he was the one who chose this for the citizens. He does not care at all about the citizens or the unions he totes about. Just himself and his developer buddies.
  • by Matt Location: Eaton Rapids on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    Typical of our government these days...doing exactly the opposite of what should be done. Good luck Lansing.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    Based on the comments here no wonder the cops have attitudes. Way to show your support.
  • by Dustin Location: Lansing on Jul 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    if the police officers had an admin. that fully supported them.. ALL would be good.. but they don't and the citizens have to deal with a Police Chief that is just a puppet to the Mayor.. those Capt.s and LT.s really need to stand up for what they believe... or they can just continue to keep their mouths shut and be controlled by the puppet master as well.. We all hope you admin people don't sell your souls..
  • by Peter Location: Lansing on Jul 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    its all good for people until they need police and they call and no one shows up for hours.. My hat is off for police... no one wants them around until they need them.. great work LPD.. I hope all positions are restored SOON .. for the citizens of Lansing's sake..
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