Strong Communities Act: Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize Community Policing
U.S. Senator Gary Peters and his team are reintroducing the bipartisan legislation, the Strong Communities Act community policing bill. This legislation aims to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve by incentivizing recruits to work in the communities where they live. The Strong Communities Act would provide federal grants for local law enforcement recruits who agree to attend school or academy and then serve in a law enforcement agency in their respective communities. The recruits must be from the community and agree to serve for 4 years. Peters introduced the bill with U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).
POAM brought this idea to Senator Peters, and we are excited to see it come to pass. Read this quote from our Legislative Director.
“The Police Officers Association of Michigan is proud to support Senator Peters’ bipartisan Strong Communities Act that would reinvigorate community policing,” said Kenneth E. Grabowski, Legislative Director of the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM). “This commonsense bill would strengthen law enforcement agencies’ efforts to recruit officers locally and help police officers build relationships and trust with the communities and people they work to serve and protect. We urge the Senate to advance Senator Peters’ bill.”
Read the full act and frequently asked questions sheets below for more information. Also, read the official press release as well that’s listed below.
Original Press Release: Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize Community Policing