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Michigan State Police scaling down posts

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The Michigan State Police says it is implementing a new ‘regional’ plan that will result in more troopers on the road.   The new ‘regional’ plan was announced in March.   The idea behind scaling back, from 62 state police posts to just 29, is to give the state police more flexibility. 

The changes will also mean more members of the command staff will be on the road supervising state troopers.   Lt. Colonel Gary Gorski says it’s a change that hopefully will be noticed. 

“We’re hoping that you’re going to see a higher visibility of state troopers throughout the state," says Gorski.  

Reducing the number of Michigan State Police posts is intended to help the department meet its goal of cutting its budget by more than $17 million. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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