911 purchases State Police Post

FLINT TWP. — The 911 Consortium agreed last week to purchase the State Police Post in Flint Township at 4481 Corunna Rd., Supervisor Karyn Miller announced at the township board meeting Monday night.

It is part of a Regional Policing Plan announced in March by Michigan State Police which called for reducing the number of posts from 62 to 29 to save money and consolidate services. According to the plan, the Flint Post will serve Genesee and Shiawassee Counties and the post in Corunna will be closed.

“The new regional posts locations were selected for their strategic locations in the region, their long-term structural viability and for their ability to accept new technology,’’ according to a MSP press release issued when the plan was announced.

Miller said that MSP is looking at discontinuing costly leases. The purchase means that the state police post will “stay here in Flint Township along with 911. They also have purchased the (next door) Republic Bank building and that will allow for better parking and expansion,’’ Miller said. She said she would provide more information about the plan as it becomes available.

Implementing the regional plan will help the department meet a $20.7 million general fund reduction in fiscal year 2012 executive budget, according to the MSP press release. The plan provides for enhanced technology and data-driven policing but no trooper layoffs. Mobile computing devices will enable troopers to work out of their patrol cars to electronically process ticketing and trash crash data and make other useful linkages, the release said.

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