Local Police Department Shut Down

By: News 10
By: News 10

If you need a police officer in Jackson County's Village of Parma, you won't find one.

The doors at the police station are now locked for good due to budget cuts.

This comes after a vote at Tuesday night's board meeting.

The police sergeant tells News 10 the Village of Parma did not give any indication the police station would be closed down at the meeting. He says he begged for a month-long extension to let the department close properly, but the village president refused.

This means residents of Parma and Sandstone townships and the Village of Parma will have to call 911 for police services. Also, no police reports are available.

No word as to what will happen with pending cases.

We'll have much more on this story tonight on news 10.


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  • by Jake Location: Jackson on Nov 10, 2010 at 10:20 PM
    Awesome. I know now where I am going to the bar on weekends!
  • by Parma Citizen on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    Plus if you would like someone to blame for this... blame Granholm for cutting the budgets for small cities/villages ... There is not the money in the village that there was last year. This is something that was coming.. Sandstone pulled out a few weeks ago (used to be Parma/Sandstone Police Department) now this is something that has happened.
  • by Parma Citizen on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    Need a police department with all 900 people in Parma? The Parma police are never the ones that respond anyway... They are not on duty the times that they are needed... It is always State Police Officers and County out this way anyway... Everyone in the town know who the President is because they have voted him in for the last 15-17ish years... He lives in the village and everyone has his phone number. Parma is approx one Square Mile... If those who lived outside of Parma saw the city these cuts could be seen as more reasonable. Sad for the families of the two officers but they were the ones inflating their salary...
  • by zach Location: eaton rapids on Nov 10, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    What will happen when the sheriif is forced to make cuts, and the state police budget is shrunk by millions every year.
  • by Josie Location: e.lansing on Nov 10, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    Sounds like the Villiage President is really The Villiage Idiot.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    people in parma need cops.. watch the crime rate go up. the people on the board are idiots.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    I understand things are pretty bad, but I never thought I would see the day when a local police department would close it's doors! I don't know what the crime rate is in Parma, but regardless, I find this situation unbelievable. The citizens of Parma must be very nervous at the fact that they have no local police to protect them. I seriously hope they don't have a bank in Parma. I suppose the "Village President" is now going to patrol the streets with a baseball bat? Are the citizens going to be forced to arm themselves and take the law into their own hands? It would be nice if WILX would shed some more light on this, and report more details. For example, the article mentions that people will now have to call 911. What did they call before? Who will patrol the Village? The State police? And, why are you not naming who this "Village President" is? I seriously think people need to know who this person is. In the meantime, I hope criminals don't read this article.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 at 04:44 AM
    This is becoming a normal across the state. They are relying on the county sheriff.
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