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Lansing Changes Community Policing

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Apr 26, 2014

o far in 2014 violent crime is down 23 percent from last year. Still that could change because soon school will be out.

"We always are concerned in the summer about juvenile crime," said Stuart Dunnings III, the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney. "I think historically we have had an uptick in home invasions once school gets out."

Friday the Lansing Police Department announced major changes. Starting May 3, officers with work 4, 10-hours shifts instead of the current 12 hour shifts.

"It's more conducive to having a balance between work and home," Sgt. Rob Backus, of the Lansing Police Department. It also keeps officers from getting overly tired.

By shifting the officers schedules, instead of just the current max of about 15 they will have up to 25 officers during peak shifts, and that's without hiring any new folks.

"You will be held accountable and so the message to those out there that are involved with gun violence is we're telling you, put your guns down," said Chief Mike Yankowski of the Lansing Police Department.

LPD has also divided the city into four sectors, and added 4 more officers dedicated to specific neighborhoods.

"The fact that we are getting more community police officers is a big plus for us, said Nancy Mahlow, the Eastside Neighborhood Organization President.

As we reported Thursday, the number of juveniles petitioned for crimes in Ingham County has dramatically increased. From 577 cases in 2011, to more than 850 cases last year-- that's a 48 percent increase in just two years.

Using traffic crash and crime incident data, LPD is zeroing in on hot spots. It will also proactively encouraging youth to stay out of crime through the "School Watch" and "GREAT" programs.

If you're thinking about becoming an officer, applications are due Friday, May 2.