Layoffs in Jackson Police Dept.

By: News 10
By: News 10

JACKSON - Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins announced Thursday that his department is laying off 7 police officers and eliminating three positions through attrition. That brings the total of 10 positions eliminated within the department since the beginning of the year. The layoffs take effect May 5th.
"Laying off officers is the very last resort," writes Heins in a statement sent to News 10. "We have a very talented group of employees, and I hate to see any of them leave. It is my hope, as the economy turns around, that we will be able to bring the officers back to work."
Chief Heins statement also says that officers will be pulled from special assignments such as schools to work patrol shifts.
Watch News 10 tonight for more on the layoff of police officers in Jackson.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    The city of jackson needs to do what parma township/sandstone township did. They hired out the couty sherriff to have one patrol car in the township at all times. The city can do that.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:23 PM
    It is time to do a merger of all jackson county police and all jackson county fire to save cost and imrpove protection. There is no reason to have 13 fire chiefs and 13 police cheifs.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    The residents need to decide what services they are willing to pay for and what ones they can live without. More of them need to attend city council meetings to see how the tax dollars are currently being spent, and determine whether cuts should be made in other areas rather than police (such as various agencies and commissions, or particularly layoffs of other city employees or the restructuring of pensions and benefits of city employees to bring them more in line with private sector workers). Remember folks, your elected officials work for you.
  • by will on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    wow they cant even keep up with the meth houses and shooting with a full staff now that thier are even less cops i feal sorry for the honest jackson residents that are going to feal the bruntw of this action
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    It is a power play to get the new proposal passed.
  • by Blake Davis on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    WOW! Just what that crime ridden city needs!
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