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Uniform Patrol Division
The Lansing Police Department Patrol Division is located at 740 May Street.
The Captain of the Patrol Division is Jim Kraus.
The Patrol Division is the largest division of the Department with 134 members. The Division consists of officers from Uniform Patrol, Canine Unit, Community Policing, School Resource, Neighborhood Watch, Special Units and Traffic Unit.
As an organization, we have pledged to uphold the trust and confidence of our citizens by partnering with them to solve community problems. These partnerships and positive working relationships are the cornerstone of keeping the City of Lansing a safe place to live, work and visit.
The city is divided into 14 patrol areas based upon calls for service, response time, and crime reports. Each team area has been assigned a Sergeant and Officers from both day and night shifts to be responsible for the crime fighting in that area of the city.
The Patrol Division is built on the foundation of SMART/ Intelligence based policing, better known as "Hot Spot" policing. SMART policing is based upon the fundamentals of using crime mapping, crime data and up to date community intelligence in fighting crime. SMART policing also encourages a focus on outcomes, including achieving less crime and safer communities in more effective ways.
The Patrol Division continues to build on our core crime fighting strategies. An aggressive and dedicated approach in identifying our most violent offenders and crime venues has been expanded. This targeted approach involves the patrol officers working closely with our Special Operations Section, Investigation Division and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and State of Michigan Parole Officers, to be sure the violent offenders from our community are dealt with accordingly.
In order to maintain the desired quality of life in our neighborhoods and community, it is paramount to each citizen gets involved and works closely with the community in gathering and sharing helpful information with the Police Department. The strong partnerships we have built with the community are not taken for granted. Neighborhood Watches and Business Watches are foundational pillars for the continued success in keeping Lansing a safe community.
The Officers of the Lansing Police Department Patrol Division are proud and honored to be serving the community of Lansing and we thank you for your continued support.
The Patrol Division is led by Captain Jim Kraus. Captain Kraus joined the Lansing Police Department in 1991 and served as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Captain Kraus holds a Mater's Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and graduated the Michigan State University school of Staff and Command for Police Executives.
Captain Jim Kraus can be reached at (517) 483-6801 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org