Training Plan to Support Local Police
On Thursday, May 13, 2021, House Speaker Jason Wentworth, Representative Mike Mueller (former Livingston County and Washtenaw County Sheriff Deputy), Representative Bob Bezotte (former Livingston County Sheriff), Representative TC Clements, and Representative Ryan Berman announced an $80 million training plan to support local police.
The plan includes multiple items to help attract new talent to the profession, develop the skills of existing police officers, and fund important services like road patrols and community policing:
- Tuition assistance for people considering the police academy
- A work-study program to give people an opportunity to consider a career
- Incentives for community policing, expanded use of body cameras, and de-escalation training
- Access to mental health services for police, corrections workers, and other first responders
- A signing bonus for new officers
- State support for secondary road patrols
- State support for recruiting strong candidates into the academies
POAM Legislative Director Ken Grabowski joined the announcement and spoke in support of the proposal on behalf of POAM members. Additionally, we will continue to engage on these items during the legislative process and support policies that help support our members.