KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- The public will get their first look tonight at a plan to alter Kalamazoo’s community policing program, and its already drawing criticism from neighborhood officials, who have been fighting for years to maintain the popular program in the face of declining city revenues.
Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley hopes to reassign the officers who are specifically assigned to the neighborhoods for community policing, and to train many more officers to incorporate the strategies and methodologies into their regular patrols.
They are looking at a 4-million dollar budget shortfall and it will also be a way to save money, make minimum patrol requirements, and cut down on overtime. Apparently no final decision has been made but it could be coming soon. Chief Hadley wants to implement it in August first.