The Community Services Unit provides support and resources to residents of Lansing. This includes organizing Neighborhood Watch groups, providing senior citizens with safety tips, running the Citizen Police Academy, offering crime prevention seminars to businesses and residents, monitoring false alarms, conducting home security surveys, and using McGruff the Crime Dog to spread the crime prevention message.
Each year the Community Services Unit sponsors several events to encourage neighborhood participation and to raise awareness about crime prevention. The Community Services Unit helps develop partnerships between City residents and the police department, a key component of our community policing.
Over the years McGruff has made his way across the country to spread crime prevention messages. In the past few years, he's marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, thrown out the first pitch at baseball games, shaken hands with senators on the steps of the Capitol building, and rung NASDAQ's closing bell.
But McGruff doesn't just do big time events - he makes local appearances too. If you'd like to schedule a visit from McGruff for your next event, call 517-483-6812 or email Kasha.Osborn@lansingmi.gov
Some popular occasions for a McGruff visit are:
Health and safety fairs
Crime Prevention Month and Halloween events
Community events related to public safety
LGBTQ Police Liaison- Chief Michael Yankowski
As the LGBTQ department liaison, Chief Yankowski;
Serves as a personal point of contact between the Lansing Police Department and the LGBTQ community.
Strengthens relationships between the LGBTQ community and the Lansing Police Department by creating mutual trust and confidence in the Police through community involvement, departmental education, and the provision of fair, professional policing services.
Collaborates with community leaders, residents and businesses to design and implement public safety projects and programs to establish a closer, more effective dialogue between the police and the LGBTQ community.
Assist, advises, and consults with Lansing Police Department leadership and other staff on cases involving the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues that arise.