law enforcement

7:33 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Village of Homer Hires Sheriff Department of Police Services

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Village officials say agreement will save about $65,000 a year on public safety
HOMER - The sheriff is back in the village of Homer. Homer Village Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to replace its police department with deputies from the Calhoun County Sheriff Department. The council voted to negotiate a contract with the department to save money in their budget, said Village Manager Jerry Stonebreaker.
7:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Report: Michigan Police Monitoring More People

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The state plans to take over and expand an existing program so police agencies can share and access information about more residents.
Police agencies throughout Michigan are increasingly compiling and sharing even the most mundane information about suspects - and everyday citizens. As budgets tighten, police are joining consortiums to manage records and reports that, in most cases, are public but time consuming to access.
SW Michigan
2:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New interim police chief in BC

Interim Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker
Credit City of Battle Creek

The City of Battle Creek has a new interim police chief. The city announced Tuesday that Detective Jim Blocker will take over the department following former chief Jackie Hampton's retirement last month. Deputy Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Saylor has initially been picked to replace Hampton while the search for a permanent chief was underway way. But Saylor and city officials later agreed that he should step aside because he was considering jobs in other cities.

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12:31 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Calhoun County Sheriff to begin providing road patrols in Springfield at end of the month

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Springfield chose to contract out road patrols to cut costs
The beginning of contracted police services for Springfield is expected to begin at the end of the month. Springfield Mayor Sue Anderson and Sheriff Matt Saxton said last week that review of a proposed contract has taken longer than expected but should be complete soon.
7:06 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Fewer cops but less crime in Kalamazoo County

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Experts aren't exactly sure why, although they point to several possible factors, like more people at home because they don't have jobs and a drop in the number of young men, the group most likely to break the law.
KALAMAZOO, MI - It seems logical enough. More police officers on the streets, less crime. But in Kalamazoo County, serious crimes are on the decline over the past nine years, despite a slight drop in the number of police officers on the streets.