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Ypsilanti City Council To Discuss Community Policing Tonight

Jul 21, 2020

Community policing will be a main topic of discussion Monday night during an Ypsilanti city council meeting.  

The city’s police chief will present a community policing plan for 2020 after residents asked council to look into the issue as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Council Member Steve Wilcoxen from the second ward says, as part of the plan, the police department is considering splitting the city up into sections and designating specific officers to specific areas.

Council Member Wilcoxen: That will allow officers more time in specific areas so that they can get to know the people there better.

Wilcoxen says the city is also considering shifting lengthy case investigations away from patrol officers to detectives to allow the officers to spend more time in the community.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu