Reed City post expected to close to the public

REED CITY – The Michigan State Police post in Reed City is slated to close to the public as part of a statewide regional policing model announced by the department last week.

According to Michigan State Police, the realignment will not mean layoffs or relocation for any local troopers.

Under the move, however, 1st Lt. Andrea Nerbonne will now oversee the region encompassing Montcalm, Gratiot and Ionia Counties.

The cost-cutting strategy is expected to save Michigan State Police about $20.7 million, according to a statement released Thursday from department director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. It is unclear how soon these changes will be implemented.

Under the regional policing plan, the number of posts will be reduced from 62 to 29. Twenty-nine posts will remain fully operational and 12 posts, including Reed City, will become detachments. Also under the plan, 21 posts will close altogether, including the ones in Newaygo, Manistee, Traverse City, Iron River, Battle Creek and Cheboygan.

In the past, residents have stopped into the post on a daily basis to file complaints and ask questions, said Nerbonne, who oversees the Reed City post. Citizens still can use the electronic call box outside the post, which patches users through to 9-1-1.

“The same service will continue except people will not be able to walk into the Reed City post,” Nerbonne added.

The Reed City detachment will serve as a place where troopers can start and end their shifts, accomplish administrative tasks and meet with the public by appointment. It will not be open for regular business hours. Under the change, Mecosta, Osceola, Isabella and Clare counties will be grouped together in a region, with the only post open in Mount Pleasant.

Nerbonne said she’ll miss working at the Reed City Post, housed in the community in which lives.

The decision was announced Thursday after commanders met in Lansing.

State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, said he stands behind the decision as cost-saving measure. When it comes down to it, the senator said it was important to remember that the new policing plan won’t affect public safety in the area.

“Really, I think we’re fortunate keeping all the (troopers) in our area,” he added. “None of this stuff is going to be easy to balance this budget, but we are still going to have our (troopers) out there.”