Nearly one hundred officers and resources were shuffled around the Lansing police department over the weekend. Uniformed patrol officers have all come together at the North Precinct in the Patrol Division, as the South Precinct has been taken over by the city's detectives in the Investigations Division.
Captain Mike Yankowski is leading the new patrol division. He says so far the consolidation has been smooth.
"The transition was seamless," Yankowski said Sunday. "Yesterday morning about 5:30 in the morning we held our first line up. All the vehicles, all our computers, radios, everything was up and running we had no problems. The citizens of Lansing noticed no difference."
But one big difference the citizens of Lansing might be noticing from this transition is in their pocketbooks.
Yankowski explained: "What this does is it streamlines our communication and makes the police department more effective and efficient. In doing so we've also been able to save the taxpayers of Lansing $700,000 a year."
In addition to streamlining their processes and saving money, patrol officer Kris Doerr says the consolidation has improved his overall job quality.
"I think it will be very positive for the department as a whole," Doerr said, adding, "bring back some of the old camaraderie."
Despite the change in locale, Yankowski is confident that they quality of their services and their response time will not be affected.
"Whether we work out of one building or 10 buildings, the police services we offer to the citizens of Lansing will not change at all. We deploy from our patrol cars out in our neighborhoods, we don't deploy from our buildings."