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Community survey on law enforcement


N-MCOLESHere is your chance to tell the state how your local law enforcement agency is doing, and what you’d like to see happen to make your community safer.

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) has released a community survey to help gauge public trust as it works to complete a study for Gov. Rick Snyder.

On Oct. 4, 2016, Gov. Snyder issued Executive Directive 2016-2, telling MCOLES to “undertake a study and produce by May 1, 2017, a public report addressing the topic of fostering public trust in law enforcement.”

MCOLES is a state commission that sets standards for the law enforcement profession in Michigan, including recruiting, training, and professional licensing (www.michigan.gov/mcoles).

“Community engagement and community policing activities can advance the legitimacy of law enforcement across the state. Only through community partnerships can law enforcement reduce crime and disorder at the local level,” said Commission Chair Sheriff Jerry Clayton, “The report will offer practical steps that can be taken to strengthen police community relations and enhance the legitimacy of law enforcement in Michigan.”

When completed, the report will offer a set of recommendations to strengthen public trust and confidence in law enforcement in communities across Michigan. The goal is to determine how residents and law enforcement can work together to make local communities safe and secure. The governor also directed MCOLES to “consider the status of community relationships and what factors can impact the public’s trust.” In order for the recommendations to be meaningful MCOLES is seeking input from residents across the state.

A short survey is now available online for residents to comment on how to advance police-community relations in their area. All communities are not the same and local residents have unique issues and concerns that need to be addressed. Responses will be organized and evaluated by Commission workgroups and the comments will form the basis for the final recommendations of the report.

To take the survey online, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ExeDir2016-2. The link will remain open until March 20, 2017.

Some items on the survey contain check-boxes while others seek open-ended comments. MCOLES wants residents to share their thoughts on how police community relations in their area can improve. But if relations are working well, MCOLES also wants to hear about success stories.

MCOLES also has established a special e-mail box so citizens can freely share general ideas. All comments will be considered but MCOLES wants respondents to focus on police community relations in their area. To submit general comments, or submit documents for consideration residents should send an email to MCOLES ExecDir2016-2@michigan.gov.

Those responding to the survey or e-mail box will not be identified personally. MCOLES asks for a zip code to ensure all areas of Michigan are surveyed and there are three questions that ask for gender, race, and age. The survey does not ask for names or other personal information.

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Thank you

Thank you to Cedar Chase and everyone who participated to this great cause, the Joel Stone Scholarship. A big thanks and hugs goes to Duke Saboo, Tom Cargill and Nick Pope for organizing this event. It was great to see a lot of Joel’s friends. Thanks to the businesses who made donations. Also thank you to family & friends for their donations, Grandma Del, Uncle Ger, Aunt Lisa, Aunt Jo, Cousin Mick, Rodney, Jeremy & Jenny, & Lisa Snyder.

Hope to see all of you next year.

The Stones


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State Police marks 95th Anniversary

Governor Declares April 2012 as Michigan State Police History Month


This month the Michigan State Police is celebrating its 95th anniversary, and to honor this milestone, Gov. Rick Snyder has declared April 2012 as Michigan State Police History Month.

Citizens can show their support for the MSP and join the celebration by taking part in an online birthday party on April 19, 2012, via the department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/michiganstatepolice. Throughout the day, they will share historical tidbits, photographs and video about the department.

“What started as a cavalry of men has evolved into a complex, professional law enforcement agency responsible for not only general police investigative services and traffic patrol, but also forensic science services, statewide criminal justice records management and state homeland security and emergency management,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “This month as we mark our 95th anniversary, it is a time for us to reflect on our rich history and traditions and remember the dedication and sacrifice of those who served before us.”

The MSP’s roots date back to World War I, when the department began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose of domestic security.

On April 19, 1917, Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary. With Col. Roy C. Vandercook as the first commanding officer, this new force consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units.

On March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peace-time Michigan State Police. When Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 departments, Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the MSP as one of these departments. The Director of the MSP holds the rank of Colonel and is appointed by the Governor.

Today, the MSP is a modern-day, full-service law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction consisting of 2,340 enforcement and civilian members.

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State Police losing Rockford dispatch

Space to be reevaluated

By Beth Altena

Rockford Michigan State Police Post Commander First Lieutenant Chris McIntire is pictured in the weapons room in front of assault rifles.

By April 16, the nine jobs currently held by operators of the Michigan State Police (MSP) dispatch center in the Rockford MSP Post #61, at 345 Northland Drive, will be gone. The cuts are part of Governor Rick Snyder’s new budget and will save the state $1 million annually. According to Rockford MSP Post Commander Chris McIntire, the move makes sense, although it is a blow to the people and their families who will lose their jobs.

“It will be a seamless transition to the post,” McIntire said.

This dispatch center will be closed within the next month, and by April 16 the space will be reevaluated for best use. The dispatch center has been in the building in Rockford for decades.

McIntire also stated that the post may be closing during the night as opposed to being open 24 hours a day, which it has been for as long as he can recall. “If anything, it will mean increased patrol for the public,” he said of the post closing at night. “It will mean the supervisor who normally would be working in here will be out on the road patrolling.”

McIntire said the news was unexpected and came quickly after Governor Snyder announced his new budget for the state on Wednesday, February 23. He described a meeting where he and other supervisors were told of the changes and the dispatch center closing is a certainty.

McIntire said the seven dispatchers have been offered transfers to either Detroit or Lansing, but the two supervisors have not been offered an opportunity to keep their jobs. He said the services will be transferred to Gaylord and Lansing and will eventually all be moved to Lansing when facilities are available.

Prior to operating dispatch out of the Rockford post, the space was used by the post for its general operations. McIntire said MSP is considering how best to use the area once it is vacated. Currently the dispatch center occupies a large room in the front southern section of the 77-year-old building.

“I didn’t see it coming at all,” McIntire said.

Formerly the center handled calls made to 911 from cell phones for the MSP fifth and sixth region, from the state line in the south up to Grand Haven, this area, and to Hart and Ionia. It made sense for Michigan State Police to handle those calls since nearly all traffic accidents now are reported by cell phone.

“No one drives home and picks up the phone to report an accident,” McIntire said.

As of January this year, the Kent County Sheriff’s dispatch took over dispatching the cell phone 911 calls.

McIntire said the switch will not lessen service to the public in any way. Closing the post overnight will also not reduce public service, and McIntire said the public almost never reported emergencies to their doors. If someone should come to the post during the night for help, the call box in front of the building will connect them to 911.

“Operationally, it is a pretty easy decision to make,” McIntire said of closing the Rockford dispatch. “It will save the state a million dollars—that’s huge.”

Personally, McIntire said he is sad to see the change. “It affects our Rockford family. We are losing them and that is sad.”

McIntire said he has worked out of the post since 1993. There are 62 Michigan State Police posts across Michigan, and the Rockford post started as a mounted division when Northland Drive was the main north-south road from Grand Rapids. McIntire said the historic building was built when troopers lived in dorm-style rooms upstairs and had to ask their commanders permission before marrying or obtaining debt. He said he loves the historic aspect of the old building and is curious about what purpose different rooms held in the past.

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