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Community leaders say retiring Lansing Police Chief Green will leave a lasting legacy

His time as police chief is coming to an end, but his legacy will continue on
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:16 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Daryl Green has been working hard to protect the Lansing community for over two decades. Now, his time as police chief is coming to an end, but his legacy will continue.

“He’s been a leader in our racial justice work, he’s been a leader nationally, he’s FBI certified, he’s brought training to the City of Lansing for racial sensitivity,” said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor.

And he did all of that as chief while trying to navigate the City of Lansing through a pandemic.

“He was able to change things so that our community service was done in different ways,” Schor said. “He was able to change things to make sure we were doing proactive policing, but to try and keep his officers safe.”

That same time was a period of racial unrest, protests, and riots that stemmed from the murder of George Floyd. The local NAACP chapter believes Chief Green showed trust and transparency.

Dale Copedge is president of the Lansing NAACP.

“I really did like his involvement with the community, particularly with young people,” Copedge said. “He did try to inform them or get them in a position where they could be safe, take kind of the fear out of young males, black males, and females getting stopped.”

Chief Green has also helped improve a southwest neighborhood of Lansing and its businesses. After a few incidents of break-ins, he wanted to provide extra security to the area.

One Lansing Southwest Action group member, Revan Herfy, said, “They provided a live camera in the parking lot. We wanted to provide a safe atmosphere so if I want to bring my children or any mother that wants to walk around on the sidewalk and feel safe; We had to have the backup of the police. And we definitely received that the past couple of years from Chief Green.”

The legacy he has made in all areas of the community won’t be forgotten.

Schor said, “Being Police Chief in the City of Lansing is not an easy job, and he did it to perfection.”

Lansing Police Captain Ellery Sosebee will take over as interim chief until the mayor appoints a replacement.

The last two chiefs were captains in the department. Sosebee is among three, the others are Captain Katherine Diehl and Captain Rodney Anderson.

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