Each year the Community Services Unit sponsors several events to encourage neighborhood participation and to raise awareness about crime prevention. The Community Services Unit helps develop partnerships between City residents and the police department, a key component of our community policing.
Over the years McGruff has made his way across the country to spread crime prevention messages. In the past few years, he's marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, thrown out the first pitch at baseball games, shaken hands with senators on the steps of the Capitol building, and rung NASDAQ's closing bell.
But McGruff doesn't just do big time events - he makes local appearances too. If you'd like to schedule a visit from McGruff for your next event, call 517-483-6812 or email Kasha.Osborn@lansingmi.gov
Some popular occasions for a McGruff visit are:
- School assemblies
- Health and safety fairs
- Crime Prevention Month and Halloween events
- Community events related to public safety
LGBTQ Police Liaison- Chief Daryl Green
As the LGBTQ department liaison, Chief Green;
- Serves as a personal point of contact between the Lansing Police Department and the LGBTQ community.
- Strengthens relationships between the LGBTQ community and the Lansing Police Department by creating mutual trust and confidence in the Police through community involvement, departmental education, and the provision of fair, professional policing services.
- Collaborates with community leaders, residents and businesses to design and implement public safety projects and programs to establish a closer, more effective dialogue between the police and the LGBTQ community.
- Assist, advises, and consults with Lansing Police Department leadership and other staff on cases involving the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues that arise.
Lansing Police Department Social Work Program
The Lansing Police Department is the first department in the State of Michigan to staff a Social Worker in its Department. The Police Social Worker functions as a bridge between the Police and the City’s many agencies who work to serve the homeless, mentally ill, and addicted citizens. The Social Worker’s focus is to serve the need of citizens with wrap-around services, thereby allowing Officers to focus on public safety.
The Social Worker’s role begins where law enforcement ends, both disciplines are guided by the principle that change is made one relationship at a time. Having a Social Worker in the Police Department offers more extensive and innovative ways to help the Lansing community become stronger and more unified. All citizens deserve to get help when needed, and the Social Worker will work with the community to address needs of those who might otherwise fall between the cracks.
Jan (Jane) Bidwell
Jan Bidwell has over 40 years of professional experience, first as a caseworker, now as a licensed Social Worker. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, a Masters of Social Work from New York University, and has seven years of post-graduate institute training.