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Lansing Police Restructuring

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(WLNS) - The Lansing Police Department is now currently operates with 197 police officers.

Compared to more than 250 they were at 4 years ago this means rescheduling to achieve maximum efficiency.

Police chief Mike Yankowski: says. "The way that our shift scheduling was designed, was really not providing the number of police officers in the times of day that they were needed most.

Officers will now work 10 hours per shift instead of 12.

And to ensure a quick response in every corner of the city starting May 3 the Lansing Police Department will work in four different teams. Each team will be in charge of one different sector of the city. We spoke to Lieutenant Susan Baylis who is in charge of sector one and is looking forward to the efficiency.

Lt. Baylis said, "I'm really excited about our new approach and the fact that we're gonna have more resources to deploy, to address the problems that we have. It will make us more efficient in doing so each sector will have one lieutenant in charge."

They'll be looking at crime *hot spots* and are planning..

Lt. Baylis adds, "Proactive strategies to address various specific areas and individuals in there that are causing us problems."

They're focusing on *violent crimes* and gun use as well.

Chief Yankowski says, "We have to change the culture of gun violence here in this city, not only just here in Lansing, but across the country. Enough is enough and we're gonna put some resources to that on a daily basis."

And the new city sectors will help the officers do just that by letting them covering shorter, but more frequent shifts.

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