Michigan State Police http://michiganradio.org en More state Capitol security, no metal detectors http://michiganradio.org/post/more-state-capitol-security-no-metal-detectors <div>LANSING – Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors.&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303150015">The Detroit Free Press says </a>state police will bring more personnel to the Capitol area and will enhance its technology as well.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That includes making better use of video camera monitoring and introducing thermal imaging to spot intruders in parking lots and outside the Capitol after dark.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Capt. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:37:39 +0000 Associated Press 16867 at http://michiganradio.org More state Capitol security, no metal detectors Michigan law enforcement boosting drunken driving patrols http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-law-enforcement-boosting-drunken-driving-patrols <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local, county and state law enforcement officials say they're stepping up patrols to catch drunken drivers during a period that includes St. Patrick's Day, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments and spring break.<br /><br />The Michigan State Police said this week that officers from 144 agencies in 26 counties are part of the crackdown that runs through April 7. The effort is coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and receives federal traffic safety funds.<br /> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16863 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan law enforcement boosting drunken driving patrols Michigan State Police launch ID theft awareness campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-police-launch-id-theft-awareness-campaign <p>OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan State Police is starting an identity theft awareness campaign.<br /><br />Beginning this month, the community service troopers of the Michigan State Police Metro Post in Oak Park will be available to give identity theft awareness seminars. The troopers are available to talk at town hall meetings, block club meetings, civic and service organization meetings, business luncheons, home owner association meetings and other get-togethers.<br /> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15881 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Police launch ID theft awareness campaign Bringing Michigan missing persons home http://michiganradio.org/post/bringing-michigan-missing-persons-home <p>A conference near Lansing today is helping families search for their missing loved ones.</p><p></p><p>A Michigan State Police spokesman admits it’s not clear how many people are missing in Michigan.&nbsp; The law doesn’t require all disappearances to be reported.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>So many families find themselves alone in their search.</p><p></p><p>MSP Lieutenant Mike Shaw says he can’t imagine what the families go through.</p><p></p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 19:50:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 14328 at http://michiganradio.org Bringing Michigan missing persons home State police and lawmakers want to boost speed limits across Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-police-and-lawmakers-want-boost-speed-limits-across-michigan <p>The Michigan State Police and some lawmakers say it’s time to boost speed limits across the state. Many limits have not been adjusted for decades.</p><p>Republican state Senator Rick Jones plans to introduce legislation next month to increase the limits. The former county sheriff says the measure would also reduce speed traps.</p><p>“We have had some artificially lower speed limits posted. I believe many of them are posted for revenue, and it simply is not needed.”</p><p>The legislation would require local governments to set speed limits based on scientific studies.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:26:36 +0000 Jake Neher 14032 at http://michiganradio.org State police and lawmakers want to boost speed limits across Michigan Flint police will get more help next month http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-will-get-more-help-next-month <p>The Flint police department will soon get even more help patrolling its city’s streets.</p><p></p><p>26 Michigan state troopers currently assist Flint’s police officers. That number will expand next month, though the exact number is not yet known.</p><p></p><p>Flint could use the help. &nbsp;Recently the city has seen a spate of violent crime that left seven people dead, including two children, in just six days. &nbsp;Two suspects are in custody.&nbsp; Police are looking for two other suspects.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:58:03 +0000 Steve Carmody 13683 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police will get more help next month Drug and alcohol-related car crashes rise in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/drug-and-alcohol-related-car-crashes-rise-2012 <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan police arrested more drivers for being under the influence of alcohol and drugs in 2012 compared to 2011, according to a report released today by the Michigan State Police.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The study also shows more injuries and fatalities related to impaired driving. Last year, 342 drug and alcohol-related deaths were reported by state officers. In 2011, that number was 319.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning spokesperson Anne Readette say those numbers are still much lower than they were five years ago.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“We are making long-term progress in both of those areas,” Readette said. “So big picture things are moving in the direction we want, but certainly not what we wanted to see on a year-to-year basis.”</span></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:59:55 +0000 Jake Neher 13667 at http://michiganradio.org Drug and alcohol-related car crashes rise in 2012 Michigan State Police troopers bring safety message to Flint elementary schools http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-police-troopers-bring-safety-message-flint-elementary-schools <p>About 20 Michigan State Troopers are spending the next few days meeting with Flint schoolchildren.</p><p></p><p>Michigan State Police Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue told a student assembly today at Bryant Elementary in Flint that she would like to see them waving at Michigan State Police patrol cars as they drive through their neighborhood.</p><p></p><p>“Because it really kind of hurts our feelings when our car goes by and no one waves at us,” Etue told the students.</p><p></p><p>One student blurted out “We be scared”, which drew laughter from the students.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 15:32:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 12472 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Police troopers bring safety message to Flint elementary schools Michigan criminal justice agencies get $1.2M http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-criminal-justice-agencies-get-12m <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Criminal justice agencies across Michigan are getting $1.2 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime-fighting efforts.<br><br>The funding was announced Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan State Police. The grants come from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and are focused on technology enhancements.<br><br>Agencies receiving funding have until July 31 to spend the money. A list of awards is posted online.<br> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12059 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan criminal justice agencies get $1.2M Spike in violent crime near Grand Rapids prompts state police helicopter patrols http://michiganradio.org/post/spike-violent-crime-near-grand-rapids-prompts-state-police-helicopter-patrols <p>This month Michigan State Police helicopters began what will be regular patrols of the Grand Rapids area.</p><p>Lieutenant Chris McIntire commands the Rockford Post. He says the patrols come in response to a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/people-grand-rapids-working-ways-curb-spike-homicide-rate">spike in murders and other violent crime</a> in the past few months.</p><p>“Not just in Grand Rapids but all of western Michigan, the State Police has found it's probably a benefit to bring some of those resources over here, help to curb some of that crime,” McIntire said.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 18:43:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12025 at http://michiganradio.org Spike in violent crime near Grand Rapids prompts state police helicopter patrols Amidst public corruption investigation, Romulus mayor says he's not quitting http://michiganradio.org/post/amidst-public-corruption-investigation-romulus-mayor-says-hes-not-quitting <p>This is not a great week for Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert.</p><p>State police are investigating him for public corruption and raided his home last month.</p><p>So far he's refusing to step down, even after the city council asked him to resign last night.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:30:15 +0000 Kate Wells 11978 at http://michiganradio.org Amidst public corruption investigation, Romulus mayor says he's not quitting A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is sworn in http://michiganradio.org/post/new-class-michigan-state-police-troopers-sworn <p>Ninety new Michigan State troopers will soon be on the road.</p><p></p><p>The troopers were officially sworn in today in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder told the new troopers they are part of reinventing Michigan, in part by helping those communities hit hard by violent crime.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:21:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 11937 at http://michiganradio.org A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is sworn in The ACLU wants to know what some Michigan law enforcement agencies are doing with military equipment http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-wants-know-what-some-michigan-law-enforcement-agencies-are-doing-military-equipment <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is asking police departments in Michigan for information about their use of military-style weapons and tactics.</p><p></p><p>The ACLU sent public records requests this week to police departments in Detroit, Flint and Dearborn, as well as the Michigan State Police. &nbsp;&nbsp;Similar requests were sent to cities in 22 other states.</p><p></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:56:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 11557 at http://michiganradio.org The ACLU wants to know what some Michigan law enforcement agencies are doing with military equipment Stateside: Dwindling budgets affect Michigan police departments http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-dwindling-budgets-affect-michigan-police-departments <p>As city budgets dwindle, Michigan’s police departments are making cuts to their programs.</p><p>“Every police department in the state is smaller today than it was ten years ago,” said Robert Stevenson.</p><p>Stevenson, who is Executive Director of Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, said this is due to a combination of a reduction in revenue and reduced property tax values.</p><p>“When there is less money coming in, there has to be reductions and typically, public safety, police and fire take up more than 50% of a city’s total expenditures, therefore they’re hit the hardest.”</p><p>He saw few immediate solutions to the cuts. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 20:13:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10687 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Dwindling budgets affect Michigan police departments Michigan State Police have a new tool to help them catch online child predators http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-police-have-new-tool-help-them-catch-online-child-predators <p>A new piece of equipment may soon help Michigan State Police catch online child predators.</p><p></p><p>Detective Sergeant Jay Poupard has spent years tracking online child predators for the Michigan State Police.</p><p></p><p>He says the way predators try to contact children online has been changing, from direct contact to harder to trace indirect methods, like file sharing.</p><p></p><p>“It hasn’t decreased. It’s just moved into another part of the virtual world,” says Poupard.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:01:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 9198 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Police have a new tool to help them catch online child predators Learning a new way to defuse youth violence in Michigan's cities http://michiganradio.org/post/learning-new-way-defuse-youth-violence-michigans-cities <p>Two dozen Flint teenagers will be in Lansing this week learning leadership skills. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7994 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan police: 8,050 citations in seat belt crackdown http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-police-8050-citations-seat-belt-crackdown <p>State police say an annual Michigan enforcement crackdown on motorists who fail to use seat belts and child safety seats led to 8,050 citations. That&#39;s down about 1,000 from 2011.<br /><br />This year&#39;s <a href="http://michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1593_3504_22774-11612--,00.html">Click It or Ticket</a> campaign ran from May 21 to June 1.<br /><br />State police say they have reports from law enforcement agencies in 26 counties. They say a preliminary count shows that officers stopped 14,761 vehicles during the crackdown.<br /><br />The state has reported a slight drop in the rate of seat belt law compliance, from a record-high 97.9 percent in 2009 to 94.5 percent in 2011.<br /><br />The enforcement effort led to a number of other citations, including 95 drunken driving arrests and 53 drug arrests. Thy also cited about 1,000 insurance violations and 535 suspended license violations.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:08:50 +0000 The Associated Press 7958 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan police: 8,050 citations in seat belt crackdown Traffic deaths fell by 5 percent in Michigan last year http://michiganradio.org/post/traffic-deaths-fell-5-percent-michigan-last-year <p>Traffic deaths in Michigan fell by 5 percent last year, according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.</p><ul><li>937 people in Michigan were killed in 2010,</li><li>889 in 2011.</li></ul><p>Nationally, road deaths fell by almost 2-percent during 2011.</p><p>Communications manager for the Office of Highway Safety Planning Anne Readette said a decline in drunk driving and high seat belt use helped the situation. &nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Just a few years ago, Michigan had a 98 percent [seat] belt use rate... and we know that certainly has played a significant role in what we&#39;re seeing in traffic deaths,&quot; said Readette.&nbsp;</p><p>Readett said her office focuses on communicating their latest safety messages to young men - the drivers most likely to drink and drive and to not wear seat belts.</p><p>Here are a few more notable items from the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1593_3504-276007--,00.html">Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning&#39;s press release</a>:</p><ul><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Cell phone-involved crashes decreased from 881 in 2010 to 821 in 2011. Cell phone-involved fatal crashes increased from four in 2010 to six in 2011. (Michigan cannot track crashes involving texting specifically.)</font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Commercial motor vehicle-involved fatalities fell 23 percent, from 95 in 2010 to 73 in 2011.</font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Motorcyclist fatalities dropped 13 percent, from 125 in 2010 to 109 in 2011.</font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Bicyclist fatalities were down 17 percent, from 29 in 2010 to 24 in 2011.</font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Pedestrian fatalities increased 6 percent, from 131 in 2010 to 140 in 2011.</font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">The number of car-deer crashes declined 4 percent, from 55,867 in 2010 to 53,592 in 2011.</font> Wed, 09 May 2012 18:07:32 +0000 Mark Brush & Michigan Radio Newsroom 7402 at http://michiganradio.org Traffic deaths fell by 5 percent in Michigan last year It’s now against the law to lie to police officers in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/it-s-now-against-law-lie-police-officers-michigan <p>According to a new state law signed today, it&#39;s now illegal to lie or conceal facts from Michigan police officers who are investigating a crime.</p><p>The law says people do not give up their right to remain silent, but if they do talk, they have to tell the truth.</p><p>Sergeant Dwayne Gill is with the Michigan State Police.</p><p>&ldquo;This law kind of mirrors the federal law on lying to federal agents. When we&rsquo;re interviewing individuals, it&rsquo;s a tool that law enforcement can use to elicit the truth in investigating crimes.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union says the law appears to be constitutional.</p><p>But a spokesperson says the ACLU is concerned about unintended consequences -- such as people not reporting crimes, or witnesses who refuse to cooperate with authorities because they&rsquo;re afraid of being charged if they make a mistake. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 7131 at http://michiganradio.org It’s now against the law to lie to police officers in Michigan Putting an end to panhandling http://michiganradio.org/post/putting-end-panhandling <p><span lang="EN" style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">You&rsquo;ve probably seen people sitting or standing on highway exit ramps asking for money from drivers. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:01:36 +0000 Christina Shockley 6868 at http://michiganradio.org Putting an end to panhandling