After three homicides and a possible fourth in a month in normally quiet Lansing, MI, four police officers will be permanently stationed in neighborhoods, says the Lansing State Journal. Mayor Virg Bernero wants the officers to be added at a cost of $500,000 annually. “Today we are putting the criminals and drug dealers on notice that we are taking back the streets of Lansing,” said Bernero.
Some residents questioned whether yesterday’s announcement was more Bernero posturing for the cameras rather than being anything of substance. “The thing about it is, these criminals know how to trick the cops,” said Vernon Hudson, 57, a 20-year resident. Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley said national statistics show that crime drops when drug dealers and prostitutes are continuously moving their base of operations. The officers’ schedules will be flexible to address needs within the neighborhoods, Alley said. They’ll go to neighborhood meetings and will monitor their area by foot, patrol car, and bicycle.