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State police announces new regionalized posts

The Rockford MSP Post Commander Chris McIntire.

Rockford and Lakeview to remain regional posts

The Michigan State Police will begin operating under a new regionalized post structure this month, and both the Rockford and Lakeview posts made the cut as posts that will remain fully operational and open to the public.
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), announced the new post structure this week. This new structure is part of the department’s regional policing plan, which was first announced in March 2011.
The MSP is reducing the number of posts from 62 to 29 statewide. The regional policing plan, which helps the department achieve its $17.7 million general fund reduction for fiscal year 2012, allows the department to continue its mission and achieve necessary cost savings without laying off a single trooper.
“The Michigan State Police is committed to providing public safety statewide and troopers will remain in all 83 counties,” said Etue. “The regional policing plan provides increased trooper visibility while relying less upon traditional bricks and mortar post buildings, making the department more mobile and flexible for responding to emerging community public safety needs.”
The following regional posts will remain fully operational and open to
the public, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Alpena, Bay City, Brighton, Caro, Cadillac, Calumet, Coldwater, Flint, Gaylord, Gladstone, Hart, Houghton, Lake, Iron Mountain, Jackson,  Lakeview, Lansing, Lapeer, Metro (Oak Park), Monroe, Mt. Pleasant, Negaunee, Niles,  Paw Paw, Rockford, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Wakefield,  Wayland, West Branch.
These regional posts were selected for their strategic location in the region, long-term structural viability and ability to accept new technology.
Beginning on Oct. 16, 2011, 19 former MSP posts will convert to detachments, which are facilities where troopers can start and end their shifts, store property/evidence and meet with the public by appointment. Detachments will not maintain public lobby hours. These locations include: Bad Axe, Cheboygan (Cheboygan became a detachment on Oct. 2, 2011), East Tawas, Grand Haven, Groveland, Hastings, Ionia, Jonesville, Kalkaska, Mansitique, Metro South, Newberry, Newyago, Petoskey, Reed City, Sandusky, Traverse City, White Pigeon, Ypsilanti.
The following posts are slated to close permanently, although dates for vacating each facility will vary, none of these locations will maintain public lobby hours after October 14, 2011: Adrian, Battle Creek, Bridgeport, Bridgman (Bridgman will close its lobby on Oct. 8, 2011), Corunna, Detroit, Gladwin, Iron River, Ithaca, L’Anse, Manistee, Munising (Munising closed its lobby on Sept. 18, 2011),
Richmond, Stephenson (Stephenson closed its lobby on Sept. 18, 2011).
For additional information on the MSP Regional Policing Plan, click on the Regional Policing Plan link on the left side of the MSP Web page at www.michigan.gov/msp.
To contact the MSP 24-hours a day, call 1-800-525-5555.

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