41 / 21
      43 / 34
      46 / 35

      MSP plans to close and consolidate posts

      A look at MSP Bridgeport Post #37, slated to close under a new cost-cutting plan. / Mike Horne

      Michigan State Police Bridgeport Post #37 will be closing in October under a new cost-cutting plan announced by state officials late Thursday. The post is among more than 30 slated to close, leaving 29 left in full operation, saving more than $20 million. Some of those on the closing list will become detachment facilities.

      Bridgeport Post Commander 1st Lt. Gary Parsons said the move will actually benefit the region by allowing more troopers to work from their vehicles since they can file traffic citations directly with the courts and send criminal complaints in via internal networks.

      The State Police are going to have greater opportunity to deploy our resources and man power to areas that need assistance. We TMre going to go where the crime is, he said.

      Staff working out of the Bridgeport office will merge with the Bay City Post #31 , currently in the process of relocating to Auburn, creating a regional operation to cover the Great Lakes Bay Region. The MSP crime lab in Bridgeport will remain open.

      Parsons said regional MSP operations will continue to support local law enforcement agencies like the Saginaw County Sheriff TMs Department on large calls, but Sheriff Bill Federspiel admits there will be a void.

      There will be less of a presence in Saginaw County just by virtue that the post commander, and other sergeants and personnel will who have to work out of that building will be moving up to Auburn so there is some negative impact if you will, he said.

      The Bridgeport facility will close in October, under the plan. Other posts scheduled to close include Corunna Post #15 and Bad Axe Post #33 which will consolidate operations as well. You can view the full details of the Regional Policing Plan here.

      Feedback: What do you think? Will you feel safer with fewer MSP posts open? Do you think local police departments will lose the critical help they often get on major case? Comment below and let us know!