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Courtesy / Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Commission

In Michigan, more than 500 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in the state's history. 

 

There’s no statewide memorial to fallen Michigan police, but an effort to create one has lagged for years. 

 

Now, that dream appears closer to reality.

 


Composite drawing of a male suspect.
Lansing Police Department

A forum on hate crime and reporting was held at City Hall Tuesday in light of a recent report by a Hispanic male that he was attacked in south Lansing.

 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lansing is bolstering its fight against crime. The city has become the latest to join the Michigan “Secure Cities” program. 


Mike Yankowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In November, the city of Lansing will ask its residents to renew a millage that currently funds police and fire services, plus road maintenance. We talk with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.


Monica Blackwell photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

There have been some 65 unsolved murders in the city of Lansing since the mid-1960’s. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on one Lansing woman’s struggle to find peace four years after her son’s murder.


Lansing police dealing with heroin resurgence

Aug 11, 2015
Mike Yankowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Medical cases involving the use of heroin are on the rise in Lansing. Current State talks with police chief Mike Yankowski about efforts to deal with the increasing usage of heroin use in the city.

Lansing police chief anticipates the future of body cameras

Apr 16, 2015

The Lansing Police Department will soon add a controversial new tool to its equipment list: 100 body cameras. Some law enforcement agencies in mid-Michigan are already experimenting with the devices. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has 25 body cameras on hand. In Ingham County, officers are testing a few cameras at the county jail, and the department is preparing to receiving more. The East Lansing and Michigan State University police departments are also planning to use body cameras. The device has evolved from a technological novelty to the centerpiece of a new front in the struggle for racial harmony and civil rights.

Kevin Lavery/WKAR

For weeks, the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in their deaths have sparked sometimes violent protests across the country. The cases have even reached mid-Michigan.

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013
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On today's Current State: Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski discusses guns, we also highlight economic development in Lansing, pianist Minsoo Sohn and Michigan's role in the Civil War.