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11:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kalamazoo's Police "Trust Gap" - Part 2

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The City of Kalamazoo had a violent summer this year. There was a significant increase in gun-related violence and several deaths, including the murder of a young boy in the Edison neighborhood. That incident, and others, aggravated a sense of mistrust in Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Department among the city’s minority residents. WMUK’s Chris Killian reports in the second of three reports about the “trust gap”.

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WMUK News
11:01 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kalamazoo's Police "Trust Gap" - Part 1

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Police officers fight crime but to do that they face a bigger challenge: getting their communities to trust them. Today we begin a three-part series on what some call a “trust gap” between Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Department and minority residents. ​For the first report in this series, WMUK’s Chris Killian rode with a Public Safety officer to see how the issue looks to his eyes. This report contains some adult language.

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WMUK News
1:07 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Still No Decision on Permanent Portage Manager

Portage Acting City Manager Laurence Shaffer, center, at Tuesday's meeting.
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The Portage City Council will not take further action on a complaint brought by a city employee against Acting City Manager Laurence Shaffer. Shaffer is one of three finalists for the permanent city manager job. The complaint, which became public at a council meeting last night, alleges that Shaffer made an inappropriate remark to the employee at city hall a few weeks ago.

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WMUK News
10:00 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

What's Next for 911 Dispatch

Three county dispatch agencies share space at the Kalamazoo Public Safety building, but aren't consolidated.
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After years of false starts, Kalamazoo County is the closest it’s ever come to overhauling its 911 dispatch system.

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WMUK News
2:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

WMU Trustees Approve Contracts, Dispatch Plan

WMU trustees listen to a presentation by College of Aviation Dean David Powell.
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Western Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has approved a three-year contract with the university’s faculty union at its meeting Tuesday.

The trustees also approved an agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents about 10 WMU stage workers, and an agreement on a consolidated dispatch proposal.

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