Law enforcement is suspending patrols in East Lansing for homecoming weekend

EAST LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – Big crowds come with big events, and ELPD announces to News 10 that they have partnered with MSU Police and Michigan State Police to patrol East Lansing all weekend due to the homecoming . They say they expect larger crowds this year than in previous years.

Now they have been pushing for more police officers to be sent on bicycles to publicize their presence and ensure everyone’s safety. East Lansing police say they want to prevent an incident by interfering before things get out of hand.

“It allows our officials to be outside of their cars and engage with our community much more easily, even when it comes to non-enforcement issues,” said Steve Gonzalez of ELPD. “A bicycle patrol officer can stop and speak to a group that is starting to grow and that could get out of hand. It is a tool that is effective for being proactive. “

After a year of rejections, students say they don’t mind when the crowds come together again when it comes to events like the home game.

“I realized how natural we are probably now to take for granted that we can actually celebrate with our families. I’m really happy that we have a normal senior year, ”said MSU students Shelby Sheridan and Allie Percy.

Students say, while noticing the additional police presence, they think it is best.

“I feel like I’m down on Grand River and Albert, that’s where they have to be and that’s the presence,” Percy said.

Police say their goal is to maintain a relationship with the community so everyone feels safe to ask them for help.

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