On Oct.16 the Michigan State Police post in Reed City will consolidate with the MSP post in Mount Pleasant as a result of budget cuts.
There has been a $17.7 million reduction in the state police budget for the 2012 fiscal year.
By combining the posts it will help cut the budget without having to lay-off a single trooper, said Lt. Christopher Stolicker, commander of the Mount Pleasant post.
“With these changes there will still be enough troopers on the road,” Stolicker said. “We will now be responsible for four counties; Isabella, Clare, Osceola and Mecosta.”
There will still be the same service level for the area, he said, but they will have more flexibility with scheduling.
This change was made as part of the regional policing policy plan made in March.
Trooper Travis House with the Reed City post said combining the posts should not have any negative impact since the same number of troopers will be assigned to patrol the area.
“Hopefully it will give the staff more options with the number of troopers on the road,” House said. “We used to have only nine troopers on the road — this could possibly mean there would be more.”
The biggest change is the Reed City post would operate as a detachment office, along with Morton Township in Mecosta County.
Detachment offices are places where the police can start and end their day, keep equipment, do paperwork and speak to the public by appointment.
There just won’t be an administrative person there for the public to talk with forty hours a week, House said.
“We’re looking at this as a positive change,” Stolicker said. “More sergeants on the road means there’s more supervision for the troopers to ensure the best public safety.”
The Mount Pleasant post will remain open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Statewide, Michigan State Police is reducing the number of posts from 62 to 29. Post consolidations begin Oct. 1, 2011, and will continue in phases over the next year.
“Saving cost, without laying off troopers is the most important part,” Stolicker said.