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Smart911 to be implemented statewide

911d995c3f544c56beea5d16133c50ef911 calls made from cell phones can now include user profiles with important information, thanks to a program called Smart911.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced says the state will provide two-million dollars to make the technology available to dispatch centers across the state.

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Police are investigating the death of an inmate in the Isabella county jail

Isabella county police say when the 30 year old man was discovered in his cell he was not breathing.

Corrections staff say they administered CPR and contacted 911.

The inmate had been arrested for possession of Heroin and Opiates.

Police say the investigation into the death is continuing.

Documentary on police militarization airs Monday on CMU Public Television

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A documentary focused on the militarization of police is airing Monday night on CMU Public Television.

The film is called Peace Officer. It follows a former sheriff in Utah as he investigates a SWAT team that killed his son-in-law. Continue reading

CMU forum to discuss “Racism, Police, Communities”

1528_10208709380595338_8662011936619192713_nCentral Michigan University’s Speak Up Speak Out discussion series returns to campus this week. The topic is one sure to elicit strong emotions: “Racism, Police, Communities.”

Mike Horace sat down with the forum’s organizer, Dr. Liz Bradshaw of CMU’s sociology department, and student panelist Donovan Watts, to learn more. Continue reading

Bill to prevent police from unfairly seizing property clears state House

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Michigan would give police less freedom to seize and sell property under bills making their way through the state Legislature.

The state House approved the bills on Thursday with wide bipartisan support. Continue reading

Senate introduces bill to remove the classification of “policewoman”

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The Michigan State Police may be getting a vocabulary change this summer.

Legislation has been introduced to remove the “policewoman” classification for female officers. Instead, they would be called “troopers,” like their male counterparts. Continue reading

Bay City Police to experiment with body-worn cameras

1384507875pem40Police officers in Bay City will start off the new year wearing body cameras for the first time, as part of a 90 day pilot program.

The body-worn cameras will be used in an effort to increase transparency within the department. The department will be testing camera systems from at least two different vendors.

Michael Cecchini is the Public Safety Director for Bay City.

He said use of the new cameras will be part of each officer’s daily routine.

“You’d have a policy that directs the officer to turn the camera on anytime he’s out for investigation or contacting a citizen, and then that interaction is recorded and then at the end of shift downloaded.”

Cecchini said the cameras would be switched on for things like traffic stops, field interrogations, or whenever an officer is dispatched to a call.

He said body cameras have been proven effective in studies conducted by the National Institute of Justice.

“Which indicates that the use of body worn cameras reduces citizens complaints by 40%. There’s a University of Cambridge study that indicates the the use of body worn cameras reduces incidents of use of force by officers by 57%.”

Cecchini said body-worn cameras are becoming highly sought after systems for their low-cost and effectiveness.

Following the trial period, Cecchini said a recommendation will be made to the City Commission to either purchase the equipment, or discontinue the program.

Alterations made to award-winning license plate


Displayed is the original plate (top) and the updated plate (bottom). Photo courtesy of the Secretary of State.

Displayed is the original plate (top) and the updated plate (bottom). Photo courtesy of the Secretary of State.


It’s been out for just about a year, and changes have already been made to Michigan’s newest, and award-winning, license plate.
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Police asking for public help in Amish robbery cases

Michigan State police are asking for the public’s help in cases involving armed robberies of Amish residents.

Police said in Gladwin County a suspect attempted to rob an Amish man as he was riding in his buggy. Officials said the suspect was in a motor vehicle, blocked the buggy, impaired the driver’s vision with his headlights, and attempted to hold up the driver. The Amish driver turned his buggy and drove away. In Clare county there was a successful robbery of an Amish resident. Continue reading