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Chief Green talks next steps for Lansing police

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Posted at 6:15 AM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 06:15:39-04

LANSING, Mich. — Cracking down on crime, reducing gun violence and rebuilding public trust.

Those are some of the priorities Lansing Police Chief Darryl Green says he's focusing his attention to as he takes on the role as the permanent leader of the department.

Chief Green is moving public safety practices with the times by announcing a mobile police department app for users to report crimes and receive instant LPD notifications.

“That's another way that we can bridge the communication with our community members uh in an anonymous way to receive some of those tips to really help us,” Green said to Fox 47's Cryss Walker.

Aside from technological upgrades, Chief Green says he's assessing new policies on police contact with the youth.

Back in June two Lansing police officers were seen on tape using force on a teen sparking an internal investigation.

“I'm looking at a youth interaction policy to give some better guidelines for our officers on how we gague youth,” Green said.

“When you think about youth you know brain wise they aren't fully developed so I think we should handle youth a little bit different a 35-year-old female or a 35-year-old male.”

Chief Green is telling Fox 47 he wants to lead the department in a positive direction through police reform and procedure expansion.

“We're doing a lot of things right but policing constantly evolving,” Green explained.

“So I'm pulling back some of those layers now and making my own assessment on how to move forward.”

Chief Green says he took the oath and was sworn in August 1st when he was appointed acting chief after former Chief Mike Yankowski's retirement.

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