LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor tapped Captain Daryl Green to be the new Lansing Police Chief.
He was already set to be acting chief starting August 1, when Chief Mike Yankowski retires.
Now Schor is jump-starting that process. Choosing not to do a costly nationwide search like other police forces.
When it comes to experience Captain Daryl Green has done it all.
“I’ve held all of the positions of major divisions- police administration, police staff services, the police patrol division. I’ve worked for the office of internal affairs as Lieutenant and I’ve also been a community police officer and few other assignments,” said Green.
A lengthy resume from Green’s 22-year- long career with the Lansing Police Department.
But of all his positions, he says being a community police officer was most important.
“You really dealt with some of those systemic issues and for me it was one of the most -I would say the key foundation that got me to this point right now in my career,” said Green.
An important statement given the work some in the community say still needs to be done to improve relations following an ongoing investigation into a lansing police officer striking a 14-year-old girl during an arrest.
“We are hoping to get rid of that policy,” Lansing Residents United member Jordan X. Evans said. “We are hoping that different tactics are used more.”
Lansing Resident’s United (LRU) , a group formed after the controversial arrest, handed letters calling for change directly to Mayor Schor on July 8. They’re hoping Green will be the guy to make that change happen.
“We are willing to work with whoever we are not out here to riot and be out in the streets for no reason. We are out here because we know that Lansing can be as great as we see it,” said Evans. “So if he’s willing to make Lansing better if he’s willing to listen he willing to be a part of the community then by all means we hope that can happen.”
Creating that dialogue to regain trust is something Green says he can do.
“We have to make sure that people have opportunities to express themselves in a forum and we have to collaborate and work with each other on this.This is a problem that will benefit us all when it’s solved correctly,” said Green.
Green said he applauds the city of Lansing for speaking up and starting a dialogue with the police department. He thinks it's an opportunity for him to really step up and make things better.
He also talked about current Chief Mike Yankowski and his influence. Green called him a solid leader who set a good road map.
Green won't become Lansing's Police Chief until he is approved by the board of commissioners.
They are scheduled to meet on Aug. 20 to make that decision.
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