By MATTHEW HALL
Capital News Service
LANSING – Aside from more troopers, data analysts could be the best way to boost crime prevention efforts, said Col. Kristie Etue, the head of the State Police. Since Gov. Jennifer Granholm left office in 2011, budget cuts contributed to closing the majority of State Police posts across Michigan, she said. Funding has begun to increase recently, though, and the department is looking at a new way to prevent crime. With fewer and fewer troopers, the department has come to rely on data in order to tackle crime, Etue said.