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Ann Arbor Police in Midst of 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Effort

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Andrew Cluley
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The Ann Arbor Police Department is just over one-third of the way through a six month effort to increase pedestrian and motorist safety.  Almost 50 officers have worked overtime in the last two months specifically for the 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Program. 

  Officers have made over 360 traffic stops, but Chief John Seto says more than half of the stops haven’t resulted in a ticket.

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What a Safer Streets warning ticket looks like.

Seto says much of the effort has been targeted in areas of past community complaints, but the department is benefiting from a new online survey.  He says this allows residents to give more specific information so officers can be deployed most efficiently.

Only about 21 percent of the overtime hours budgeted for the program have been used so far.  Seto says this means even more officers will be out as the temperatures rise, and more pedestrians and bikes are expected.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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