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Changes to Policing Introduced

May 28, 2021

A bipartisan package of bills, making changes to the practice of policing in the state, was introduced in the Senate this week. Changes within the 12-bill package includes: Requiring the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to develop guidelines for independent investigations of officer-involved deaths. Requires Use of Force policies for all police agencies. […]

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Grants Announced for First Responders and Local Governments

Jul 10, 2020

State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks announced two new grant programs, providing $300 million to help first responders receive hazard pay and reimburse local governments for payroll costs incurred due to the pandemic. Effective immediately, eligible local units of government can apply for a grant from the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program and the Public Safety […]

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Governor Proposes Additional Police Reforms

Jul 02, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced additional police reform policies, utilizing a four-pronged approach. The governor’s proposed reforms include: Policy: Ban chokeholds/windpipe blockage. Further limit the use of no-knock warrants. Require “duty to intervene” policies. Classify false, racially-motivated 911 calls as a hate crime. Require in-service training for all licensed law enforcement officers to maintain licensure. Authorize MCOLES to […]

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Governor Announce Support for Police Reforms

Jun 05, 2020

Following a week of protests across the country, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced steps that her administration is taking to enact criminal justice reform. Actions Governor Whitmer is taking: Requesting that the Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards provide guidance to law enforcement agencies on continuing education that will help officers keep up with the ever […]

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Senate Passes Officer Training Requirements

Jun 05, 2020

On Thursday, the Senate passed SB 945, introduced by Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), that requires certain training of law enforcement officers beginning in 2022. The bill specifically requires that all incoming law enforcement officers complete training on implicit bias, de-escalation techniques, and mental health screenings as part of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement […]

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Committee Approves Changes to Law Enforcement Searches

Oct 04, 2019

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee reported legislation that makes changes to how law enforcement can conduct certain searches. The package of bills makes several reforms, including: Requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search the premises of a person who had objected to a search, even if another person who occupies the […]

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House Approves Bill Increasing Penalties for Disarming a Police Officer

Oct 04, 2019

The House of Representatives approved legislation that increases penalties for disarming or attempting to disarm a police officer. Under the bill, the maximum sentence for attempting to disarm a police officer would increase from a five-year felony to a 10-year felony. It also increased the penalty for disarming a police officer from a 10-year felony […]

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Police and Public Interactions Proposal

Feb 23, 2018

This week, a three-bill package was introduced in the Senate aimed at facilitating positive interactions between law enforcement officers and civilians during traffic stops. The bills direct the Secretary of State and the Michigan State Police to develop a program on how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. The guidelines would be […]

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