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Whitmer approves increased funding for police and highway patrol

More police will be on Michigan roads after Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday agreed to three bipartisan bills that would increase funding for the state’s secondary highway patrol program.

The bills build on the MI Safe Communities program launched by Whitmer last year, which aims to invest in local policing, remove illegal guns from communities and expand opportunities for jobs, education and of righteousness.

Whitmer said in a statement that the 50% increase in funding for the program “would improve law enforcement recruitment and retention by strengthening the flow of funding and allowing sheriff’s departments to provide more stability to their officers.

“As a former prosecutor, public safety is a top priority for me,” she said. “Today’s bipartisan bills will improve road safety by putting more officers on patrol. … I will work with anyone to protect public safety, and I am proud of the bipartisan budget I signed earlier this year which ensures that law enforcement at all levels, from MSP to local services, have the resources they need to keep people safe.

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Together, the bills will increase the program fund by $5 million each year and come from the state liquor fund, topping it at $15 million. By doing so, the highway patrol program would not have to depend on fees and general fund dollars each year, which the administration acknowledged could be unpredictable.

This additional funding will be used to add officers to the route, and the steady source of funding will allow Sheriff’s Departments to plan better while improving their recruitment and retention efforts.

Fees that previously funded the secondary highway patrol program will now be redirected to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards for Law Enforcement Training Grants.

“I am grateful that Governor Whitmer and the Legislature have found a common-sense solution to the concerns of secondary sheriff highway patrols,” Matt Saxton, executive director of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, said in a statement. “These bills provide funding stability that will put additional deputies in our path to provide a better public safety response across the state of Michigan.”

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