DETROIT (WWJ) – Friday will be the final day of operations for troopers at a number of Michigan State Police posts.
Because of the state’s budget cuts, the Detroit post in the Cadillac Place Building in the New Center area and the Richmond post in Macomb County are among the 14 posts statewide that will be closed after Friday.
Under the regional policing plan, MSP will reduce the number of posts from 62 to 29. Twenty-nine posts will remain fully operational, 12 posts will become detachments, and 21 posts are slated for closure.
Lt. Joel Allen with the Brighton Post says most people won’t notice a difference.
“The service delivery will remain the same as far as, you know, troopers respond to call for service,” Lt. Allen told WWJ Newsradio 950. “Citizens will call 9-1-1 in emergencies and a State Trooper will be dispatched.”
MSP officials say no troopers will be laid off as a result of the closures.
Allen said some troopers, however, will have had to make a move.
“Locally here we’ve had 10 troopers from Brighton and seven from Ypsilanti that are going to be transferring to different posts. And then we’ve had 17 to 18 troopers, new troopers, transferring into the Brighton post,” he said.
People wanting help or needing information from State Police will have to go to the Metro North Post in Oak Park, Brighton, Monroe, Lapeer or Flint.
While some posts are closing, others like those in Taylor, Groveland Township and Ypsilanti will be operating as detachments.
Posts will remain fully operational and open to the public, while detachments will serve as buildings where troopers can start and end their shifts, accomplish administrative tasks and meet with the public by appointment. Resident troopers are assigned to rural areas of the state and work directly from their home.
State Police administrators say the changes will allow troopers to be more responsive to emerging crime trends and less constrained by traditional geographic boundaries.
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