Lansing Police React To Police Shootings

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – For those putting on the badge day in and day out, Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski says one thing is certain, “there is nothing routine about police work.”

Whether it’s a traffic stop or domestic call, officers are on high alert.

A reminder brought to the forefront following the weekend shootings in New York and Florida that took the lives of three in uniform.

“We’ll continue to sit down and reevaluate, I think that this is an extra awareness to our officers,” said Chief Mike Yankowski, Lansing Police.

Chief Yankowski says he’s met with officers and had phone conferences with other chiefs to review protocol, but don’t have specials plans to beef up patrols following the weekend shootings.

“Maybe that officer really takes a step back and waits for that secondary officer, that backup officer.”

As law enforcement are finding themselves more and more alert on the streets, community involvement is playing a bigger role in police work.

Undersheriff Allan Spyke says nowhere is that more evident than here in Ingham County after the recent suspect connection to the Deputy Grant Whitaker case.

“The community really rallied behind the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office,” said Undersheriff Allan Spyke, Ingham County Sheriff’s Department.

Undersheriff Spyke says the sheriff’s department is constantly training, but with less officers. They’re hoping for more community help.

“We don’t have as many eyes and ears out there as we used to, we need the communities support, maybe somebody may know something and can alert us, prior to it happening.”

To help keep the community we all work and live in safe.

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