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Lansing Police Department Looks Ahead To 2014

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lansing's Police Chief has a lot in store for 2014.

Chief Mike Yankowski says he wants his department to go from good to great. 

Lansing Police detectives worked 10 homicides last year, which was down 23 percent. Five of them still remain unsolved. 

Now, the chief wants to cut the amount of homicides by another 30 percent for 2014.

Yankowski also plans to cut violent crime by 10 percent by continuing what he calls a "data driven" approach to crime fighting, which includes using statistics to put officers in high-crime areas, at the right time.

"If you know you have a particular area a little bit more active at that day and time, you're using that data, intelligence, community information, to help us put officers in the right place at the right time and lower crime activity in that area," said Chief Yankowski.

A big area they plan to focus on in 2014 is the city's youth. "We saw our youth making poor choices--that was the biggest disappointment for me. Why is our youth still continuing to turn to violent crime to settle their differences? We have to fix that trend," he said.

In order to help reach these goals, 11 new officers were added to the force in 2013 and the chief says even more will be hired this year.

The Lansing Police Department now has a Twitter account up and running and a new Facebook page is in the works.

"As a police department, we want to expand our ability to communicate with the public. We want to have information sharing on a daily basis, in times of an emergency, and in times of getting the information out to see what the police department is doing in your neighborhoods," said Yankowski.

"I'm proud to say we're the capitol city's finest. We're innovative and we'll continue to be in 2014. We're going to go from good to great," he said.

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