A Michigan State Police helicopter takes off from Gerald R. Ford International Airport. (April 4, 2013)
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan State Police plan to launch helicopter patrols over one western Michigan community after halting them in another.
Muskegon Heights Police Chief Lynne Gill said Monday the air patrols would begin sometime this week over the Muskegon area. He said the patrols are a big help to officers on the ground.
Gill says the patrols will focus on areas with large crowds and where problems persist.
State police officials said last month they were halting patrols over Grand Rapids after receiving multiple noise complaints. They said it had less to do with those complaints and more to do with a drop in crime and greater needs elsewhere.
Helicopters routinely patrol over Detroit, Flint and Saginaw.