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ICA chips in for Green Lake Township police officer

Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office

Green Lake Township currently relies on other deputies from across Grand Traverse County, but now the county will assign an officer to the township.

Interlochen Center for the Arts, Green Lake Township and Grand Traverse County will split the bill. Overall, the officer will cost about $130,000, which includes training and equipment costs.

Vice President of Finance and Operations at ICA Pat Kessel says an officer nearby will make campus safer.

"When there are things going on ... where there might be problems, knowing that there's potential to have somebody closer by is a great advantage to the institution and others," Kessel says.

Captain Chris Clark with the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office says this will speed up emergency response in Green Lake Township.

"If we do have an emergency, the response time of a Green Lake Township officer would be much quicker than that of a regular road patrol officer," he says.

Clark says they hope to have someone hired by the fall.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.