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Posted on Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Sheriff's Department to move Ypsilanti Township operations to improve response times

By Tom Perkins

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department is making plans to move its Ypsilanti Township substation from the township hall to the former Whittaker Road Michigan State Police post.

The township and Sheriff's Department are also partially reopening the Holmes Road outpost, which closed two years ago amid budget cuts. The changes, officials say, will result in better and quicker police service.

“It will be a positive move just for the fact that there is more space at the State Police post and because it’s a good, central location to move to different areas of the township rather quickly,” Lt. Jim Anuszkiewicz said.

Anuszkiewicz said no agreement is in place yet, and officials from the Sheriff’s Department and township are waiting on a lease agreement from the state. But Supervisor Brenda Stumbo said she expects that to arrive soon and is hopeful that the Sheriff’s Department can move into the new post during the first quarter of 2012.

The State Police moved out of the post in October as the MSP consolidated to save money. Troopers are now based out of the Brighton Post, though there are outposts in Sylvan Township and Saline.

Stumbo said the township will likely take over the station for a nominal price and will in exchange allow at least four troopers to operate out of it, which is beneficial to both parties.

“The retention of State Police presence in the township is important,” she said.

The post provides quicker access to Interstate 94, which provides a direct route to the township's northern and eastern neighborhoods. The current station is located on Huron River Drive and deputies must take an indirect route to get to the other side of Ford Lake. It’s also tucked behind the township hall, and deputies have to drive around the hall and out a long driveway to get to Huron River Drive.


The former Michigan State Police Post on Whittaker Road.

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Mike Radzik, director of the township’s police services, estimated the new location could shave a minute and a half off of response times.

“The station is currently south of the lake and south of the freeway," he said. "So when the deputies are here and they get calls anywhere other than south of the lake, they have to hit it hard just to get around the lake to get to Washtenaw Ave. or to get to the northern neighborhoods. I know it's just a short distance to the MSP post, but the access to Whittaker Road and being closer to I-94 cut down response times to those areas.”

The MSP post also provides advantages in that at 9,000 square feet, it’s much bigger than the current station and it was also built and designed in the 1970’s to be a police station. The Sheriff's Department had to tailor the current station to meet their needs.

Radzik said that is important for officer safety. He cited an examples of a Milan officer who was killed outside his station as he was walking into work and a man walking into a Detroit Police station last year and opening fire on officers.

Stumbo said the township has already budgeted for maintenance and upkeep of the new facility, and Anuszkiewicz said the Sheriff’s Department expects the arrangement will work financially, though some details have to be checked.

Radzik said there were no final plans on how the freed-up space in the township hall would be used, but said the 14-B District Court has space needs, as do several township departments.

The township will also partially reopen the Holmes Road outpost, which was closed in 2009 after budget cuts.

Officials say no deputies will operate full-time out of the station, but it will be a place where they can file reports, take care of administrative tasks, take suspects for questioning if a controlled environment is needed or take reports from victims.

Ultimately, it will cut down on deputies’ travel time and make them more available for actual police work. That is important in a part of the township that sees a higher crime rate.

“The northern and eastern side of the townships tend to have a lot of calls for service and that’s where deputies are a lot, so this is going to provide deputies an avenue to stay up in that area instead of leaving and going back and forth,” Anuszkiewicz said.

“Having that station is going to keep deputies in their patrol area,” Radzik said. “We except an increase in consistent police presence in the northern and eastern neighborhoods.

“We are really happy to be able to reopen it, even if it is on a scaled down basis.”



Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 10:24 p.m.

shave a minute and a half..........ooooorrrrrrr add a minute and a half to response all depends on where u live, LOL Thanks for the added minute and a half to the usual dismal response times WCSD, LOL


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 3:20 a.m.

I gaurantee not having to be in a cramped space way off the road in and of itself will shave response time, no matter where they may be called to. I can't believe they should have ever been housed at the township hall in the first place. Its very obvious the township hall was never designed for emergency responders to be located.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

We are splitting hairs here, but..... The old post address was 1501 S. Huron. The new substation for WCSD will be located at 1501 S. Huron.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

@commonThought...last time I went down Whittaker Rd...I went passed a former MSP post??!!! just saying...


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 11:40 p.m.

@yomom5 Just sayin that the street address for that building is South Huron Street. A simple search for the buildings address revealed that. and as 'dading dont delete me bro' pointed out earlier, the USPS building across the street also has a South Huron address. And accounding to all maps, Whittaker begins at the light near Circle K and Kroger and goes south... just sayin


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 5:40 p.m.

This is a win win situation for all of Ypsi township. Especially where it is located. That sub station on Holmes? Too boxed in.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

I hope the cost of moving is worth the move to the former MSP post. While a very small amount of time might be saved by accessing Whittaker Rd. and I-94, there will be a loss of time when reacting to situations at the south end of Ford Lake. I seem to remember some trouble occurring at one or two of the apartment complexes that way. Besides, I see more than a few patrol cars out and about, so I wonder how often cars much be dispatched down that long driveway to respond to emergencies. I'm thinking this move is more about space than response time. The Holmes Rd. move makes total sense, though.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

I think this is a smart move.. Response time will definitely be down. A lot more then 90 secs.. btw. If it keeps the officers safe and allows the public easier access to file reports and do business then i think it's great. This is what we passed the extra millage for was for more officers and space.

roll tide

Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 3 p.m.

Why would you spend tax payers money to move a sheriff station a half mile away and cut to supposedly 90 seconds off response time. Where are the numbers to justify this and how do we know how many deputies respond from the station vs.  dispatched while on patrol? As for the safety issue most I not all the sheriffs sub stations are accessible  by any one and have no security gates.  If you have a sub station on Holmes rd which has been closes for years why not put time and resources into re-opening that at full capacity. (to get better response times) This is just another way for sheriff Jerry Clayton to waist tax payers money.  With an economy like this you would think the sheriff could come up better ways spend money!


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 5:38 p.m.

They can't house the new incoming deputies that are coming into play here. That sub station is tiny. Way too small for all the deputies that can stay in one spot.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

I`m all for the Holmes rd building great plan.That part of town is getting real bad lately.Moving to the MSP building thats only moving around the corner how much time can that save for real.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 3:11 a.m.

If your familiar with the location township office and the ridiculous driveway where they are now, its a great move. As the crow flies it seems to be an insignificant distance, but I can easily see it shaving off 1.5 minutes. The township hall and its driveway, with the subsequent light at huron river drive and whitaker/huron street is definitely cumbersome when time is of the essence. It's nice to see the building will still be used to house police of some sort and not be a empty, vacant reminder of when we used to have a state police post.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

"Mike Radzik, director of the township's police services, estimated the new location could shave a minute and a half off of response times" You're welcome


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Will the new bus service cover this area so that the Washtenaw County Sheriff's employees can "Take the bus" to work?


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

I am still fighting for a shuttle to the Kroger strip mall and the library out on Whittaker. If we can get something like that? Great.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

"The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is making plans to move its Ypsilanti Township substation from the township hall to the former Whittaker Road Michigan State Police post" The former Michigan State Police post is on South Huron Street, not Whittaker Road... just sayin...

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 10:06 p.m.

@eyeonthenews, you are incorrect. Ypsilanti MSP Post #26 1501 S. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 USPS 1606 S Huron St Ypsilanti Township whittaker rd begins at the light by the circle k. just sayin...


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

South of 94 Huron St. becomes Whittaker Rd.

Turd Ferguson

Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

Does the budget include doing something about those UGLY windows?


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 12:05 p.m.

So regardless taxpayers foot the cost of operating in this building. I thought one of the "pluses" from closing this building was to get troopers out on the road. Now is that no longer true? Now it's okay for troopers and county police to be housed there, but 6 months ago it wasn't okay? Regardless the great "cost savings" for MSP now becomes a liability for the township AND the MSP? Hmmm.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 5:36 p.m.

The sheriff dept is taking over this building. The state police will come visit if need be. Otherwise, they are out on the road and this building will become a main post for Washtenaw County Sheriff. This is how it was explained to me at our last neighborly watch meeting. So, food for thought? If a trooper wants a place to eat? Or go potty? He or she can. Otherwise, trees are the next favorite spot.

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 12:01 p.m.

first, i'm all for this. but... "The State Police moved out of the post in October..." really? there have been MANY MSP cars in and out of there still. i have noticed the cars 'in the back' have dwindled this past week or two. hunh? "Radzik said that is important for officer safety. He cited an examples of a Milan officer who was killed outside his station as he was walking into work and a man walking into a Detroit Police station last year and opening fire on officers."

Frustrated in A2

Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 7:52 p.m.

There are still some troopers, maybe 3-4, who work out of the old Ypsi post as a detachment similar to the one at Saline P.D. It's not fully staffed nor can you walk in to the front desk as was the case in the past.


Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 11:54 a.m.

I expect that the quote in the second-to-last paragraph should read, "We expect an increase ..."