NSPD leaves county emergency response team

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — The Norton Shores Police Department has suspended its involvement with the Muskegon County Emergency Response Team, it said in a Wednesday release.

The department said “it has become difficult to maintain the level of training necessary and leadership needed to run an effect Emergency Response Team,” so it suspended involvement effective April 20.

The release said that several agencies were involved when the team was founded 13 years ago, but that it has consisted only of the Norton Shores police and fire departments and the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office in recent years.

NSPD said it is removing itself from the team until it can “adequately fund, train and lead a team of this importance.”

Officers will continue to respond to emergencies in Norton Shores and Michigan State Police will be called in if more tactical help is needed.

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