Community Services

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.
Big Lug and friends

Mcgruff Visits

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.

Some popular occasions for a McGruff visit are:
  • School assemblies
  • Health and safety fairs
  • Crime Prevention Month and Halloween events
  • Community events related to public safety