Community Services

Community Policing Officers
The Community Services Unit provides support and resources to residents of Lansing. This includes organizing Neighborhood Watch groups, providing senior citizens with safety tips, running the Citizen Police Academy, offering crime prevention seminars to businesses and residents, monitoring false alarms, conducting home security surveys, and using McGruff the Crime Dog to spread the crime prevention message.

Each year the Community Services Unit sponsors several events to encourage neighborhood participation and to raise awareness about crime prevention. The Community Services Unit helps develop partnerships between City residents and the police department, a key component of our community policing.

Mcgruff Visits


Over the years McGruff has made his way across the country to spread crime prevention messages. In the past few years, he's marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, thrown out the first pitch at baseball games, shaken hands with senators on the steps of the Capitol building, and rung NASDAQ's closing bell.

But McGruff doesn't just do big time events - he makes local appearances too. If you'd like to schedule a visit from McGruff for your next event, call 517-483-6812 or email Kasha.Osborn@lansingmi.gov

Some popular occasions for a McGruff visit are:
  • School assemblies
  • Health and safety fairs
  • Crime Prevention Month and Halloween events
  • Community events related to public safety

McGruff

LGBTQ Police Liaison- Chief Daryl Green

As the LGBTQ department liaison, Chief Green;
  • Serves as a personal point of contact between the Lansing Police Department and the LGBTQ community. 
  • Strengthens relationships between the LGBTQ community and the Lansing Police Department by creating mutual trust and confidence in the Police through community involvement, departmental education, and the provision of fair, professional policing services. 
  • Collaborates with community leaders, residents and businesses to design and implement public safety projects and programs to establish a closer, more effective dialogue between the police and the LGBTQ community.
  •   Assist, advises, and consults with Lansing Police Department leadership and other staff on cases involving the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues that arise. 


For additional information or to contact the Lansing Police Department LGBTQ Police Liaison, call 517-483-4801 or email:  daryl.green@lansingmi.gov

Lansing Police Department Social Work Program


The Lansing Police Department is the first department in the State of Michigan to staff a Social Worker in its Department. The Police Social Worker functions as a bridge between the Police and the City’s many agencies who work to serve the homeless, mentally ill, and addicted citizens. The Social Worker’s focus is to serve the need of citizens with wrap-around services, thereby allowing Officers to focus on public safety. 

The Social Worker’s role begins where law enforcement ends, both disciplines are guided by the principle that change is made one relationship at a time. Having a Social Worker in the Police Department offers more extensive and innovative ways to help the Lansing community become stronger and more unified. All citizens deserve to get help when needed, and the Social Worker will work with the community to address needs of those who might otherwise fall between the cracks.



Jan (Jane) Bidwell

Jan Bidwell has over 40 years of professional experience, first as a caseworker, now as a licensed Social Worker. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, a Masters of Social Work from New York University, and has seven years of post-graduate institute training.

Jan Bidwell

She has worked with individuals, families, and groups. Jan has experience in private practice, residential treatment, group homes, halfway houses, clinics, serving the addicted, mentally ill, and homeless. She has previously worked in the Bronx, N.Y.; Oakland, CA; Denver, CO; Hartford CT; Stockbridge, MA; and Bergen County, NJ.

Jan once advised New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine on child abuse prevention as a member of his transition team, founded and organized three charities serving vulnerable populations, and has served on many boards and committees.

Jan was hired in July of 2019 as Social Worker for the Lansing Police Department. She currently volunteers on The Ingham County Board of Health as Vice-Chair, and on the Ingham County Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative.

Contact information for Jan Bidwell: (W) 517-483-6804 (C) 517-898-6344