Michigan State Police

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police will send six troopers to Benton Harbor to crack down on large gatherings, loud music and reckless drivers. Benton Harbor reached out to state police in response to residents' pleas to restore "order and tranquility" in the city. The troopers will hit the streets for several weeks, starting Wednesday. Daniel McGinnis, director of public safety in Benton Harbor, says hundreds of young adults have been gathering, despite the risk of the coronavirus. McGinnis says they play loud music, twerk on top of cars and shoot guns in the air.

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Michigan’s “stay home, stay safe,” executive order is extended through the end of April. The order now bans travel between two residences. 

BRIDGMAN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a trooper was injured when a suspect’s car struck the officer as the driver sped away from a traffic stop.

Police say troopers had stopped a Jeep Cherokee for speeding along Interstate 94 in Berrien County about 3 a.m. Monday when its driver accelerated and raced away, leaving an officer with minor injuries.

The suspect’s vehicle continued east on I-94 in southwestern Michigan, with police in pursuit, before exiting in Bridgman and getting onto westbound lanes of I-94.

Suspect Identified In Southwest Michigan Cold Case

Jun 25, 2019
Michigan State Police

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A Florida prison inmate has been charged with murder in the strangling of a woman in southwestern Michigan more than three decades ago.

Prosecutors charged 49-year-old Robert James Waite last week in the killing of 59-year-old Wilda Wilkinson of Bangor in July 1986.

Michigan State Police say they matched DNA found on Wilkinson's clothes to Waite.

Detectives say Waite confessed when they interviewed him in April.

Authorities say Waite knew specific details about the slaying.

MSP Seeks To Livestream Dashcams

Mar 28, 2019
Michigan State Police

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police want to invest more than $2 million dollars into technology to livestream patrol car dashboard cameras following a Detroit teenager's death after a state trooper used a stun gun on him.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included the technology upgrade in this year's state budget proposal. It would allow supervisors to monitor pursuits and other incidents in real time.

Michigan State Police

     LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan State Police's Statewide Network of Agency Photos has grown to nearly 50 million facial images.
 
     The Secretary of State's Office has been giving state police its digital photos since 1998 and state police started using facial recognition technology in 2001. Those include ones taken for driver's licenses or ID cards.
 
     The database also can include social media images if police obtained them as part of a criminal investigation.