DETROIT (WWJ) - The Michigan State Police plan to close 21 posts across the state, as part of a plan to save nearly $21 million. With the closure, 29 posts would remain in full operation and another 12 would become detachments – buildings where troopers could begin and end shifts and meet with the public by appointment.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports there won’t be any trooper layoffs.
Officials at Michigan State Police confirm to WWJ Thursday that they will close the State Police post in Detroit. The move was decided at a meeting Thursday in Lansing and is part of a group of branch closures aimed at saving money.
The changes would take effect with the start of Michigan’s next budget year in October.
The freeway patrols will continue by the same troopers, and despite the physical closure of the offices, troopers will still remain on the job.
The State Troopers Associations, the union which represents the troopers, are supportive of the move, they believe that state police services will actually increase with the closing of the building.
MSP troopers will still patrol Detroit, but be stationed at nearby posts.
The plan announced Thursday includes post closings in Detroit as well as Adrian, Bad Axe, Battle Creek, Bridgeport, Bridgman, Cheboygan, Corunna, Gladwin, Groveland, Hastings, Iron River, Ithaca, L’Anse, Manistee, Munising, Newaygo, Richmond, Stephenson, Traverse City and Ypsilanti.
The troopers handle the freeways and sometimes assist Detroit police.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.