Neighborhood Leaders Offer Thoughts On Next Lansing Police Chief

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

As Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski prepares for her retirement, the city's neighborhoods are left to wonder, what the next chief will bring to the table.
Sam Brewster already has an idea of what he would like to see.

"Strong sense of community and realizing that they are supporting the people of Lansing," said the President of the Cavanaugh Park Neighborhood Association.

Brewster has worked hand-in-hand with the police department on the crimes issues in his area. He says that work needs to continue for the city to be successful.

"They need to be there, visibly, and they also need to support the neighborhoods and their officers," said Brewster.

Anita Beavers is the former Colonial Village Neighborhood President and worked with Szymanski back in 2010. She says the department has always been involved and familiar with the neighborhoods, regularly attending association meetings and keeping them informed.

She hopes the trend of promoting from within continues.

"Probably someone who's in the force now, who knows the city, who knows what's going on here and what's going on there because having that knowledge is important," said Beavers.

While she likes the idea of familiarity, Beavers wouldn't mind seeing some innovation.

"Not afraid to try things, once they've presented what it is they're going to try," she said.

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