Number of cops, crimes down statewide in 2014

By JOSHUA BENDER
Capital News Service
LANSING — The number of police officers in Michigan shrank by 15.4 percent between 2001 and 2014, according to a recently released report by the House Fiscal Agency. Yet despite that drop, crime in Michigan fell by roughly 34 percent during the same period, according to the  State Police. These simultaneous declines are surprising, some in Michigan’s law enforcement community said. “It kind’ve flies in the face of conventional wisdom from 15 years ago,” said Robert Buursma, a captain in the Holland Police Department. The drop is not as dramatic as it appears in light of Michigan’s shrinking population.

Police Academy educates students

By Sal LaFata
Meridian Times staff writer

The Meridian Police Department is seeking applicants for the 2011 Youth Citizens’ Academy. The academy is a free program that was started in February, 2006, by the police department. “We have had four previous programs and the response from the people attending has been very good,” said Lt. Greg Frenger. Students from area high schools are encouraged to apply for the academy, which is modeled from the Citizens’ Academy that Meridian police host in the fall. The program is open to non-residents.