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Here’s How Ann Arbor's Police Chief Wants To Improve Department’s Relationship With The Community

May 4, 2016

Ann Arbor police chief Jim Baird
Credit City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to work on improving its relationship with the community.  Chief Jim Baird discussed the issue.


Chief Jim Baird says improving that relationship is a priority for the department.  So he welcomes the idea suggested by the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission to create an independent civilian police review board.  The chief believes the department benefits if citizens know what officers are doing on a daily basis. 

The department hopes that community policing will help with the relationship through neighborhood watch programs and social media.  Ann Arbor's 2017 fiscal year proposed budget includes $50,000 to address police department recommendations made by the Human Rights Commission.

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