Kalamazoo Public Safety

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

Kalamazoo will get its first female public safety chief later this month.

City officials say current Chief Jeff Hadley is leaving to become head of the Chatham County Police Department in Georgia. He'll be replaced by Karianne Thomas, who's now deputy chief of Kalamazoo's Public Safety Department.

WMUK

Captain David Boysen says the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety knew that some of its strategies to reduce gun violence weren’t working, so they were willing to consider something new.


MPRN

(MPRN-Lansing) Given the recent friction between law enforcement and citizens, Gov. Rick Snyder says action needs to be taken to forge better relationships. 

Earlene McMichael / WMUK

The community policing model at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has brought it accolades in the national media. But the department has had its share of controversies as well, including a 2013 study that showed racial profiling in traffic stops. Chief Jeffrey Hadley says much progress has been made since then. Hadley talks this topic and more in a half-hour-long interview with WMUK's Earlene McMichael on today's WestSouthwest. He said no subject was off-limits. (Press the icon to hear the show. For a longer version, see the end of the post.)


WMUK

The search for new ideas on policing recently brought the online news service Bridge to Kalamazoo.

  

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