Representative holds hearing on plan to better support law enforcement
State Rep. Mike Mueller, chair of the House Government Operations Committee, today led a committee hearing on his plan to better support local law enforcement agencies and help police officers build even better relationships with the communities they serve.
Mueller, a retired sheriff’s deputy, said the measures break down barriers for employment in law enforcement.
“Our local police departments are losing officers at an alarming rate,” said Mueller, of Linden. “We must do more to break down the barriers that prevent good candidates from answering the call to serve. The changes I’m proposing will make sure qualified people have access to the training and support they need to hone their skills, protect the public, and build trust and respect in the communities they serve.”
House Bills 5130-33 would:
- Offer communities new tools to recruit good officers. Local law enforcement agencies could pay for a new recruit’s academy tuition and enter into a five-year employment contract with them. If the recruit leaves within that period they would be required to reimburse the agency for a portion of the training costs based on the amount of time spent with the department after their training is complete.
- Provide resources for specially trained, part-time public service assistants. A grant program will help fund public assistant positions to perform non-criminal law-enforcement tasks.
- Expand the pool of qualified recruits. No one with at least a high-school diploma or equivalent will be excluded from applying for a law-enforcement training academy based solely on their education level.
- Remove hurdles for returning officers. Experienced police officers who retire or leave the force will be allowed to return to duty without starting from scratch or jumping through unnecessary hoops.
The proposal remains under consideration by the House Government Operations Committee.
State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden today unveiled a comprehensive $250 million plan to support local public safety personnel and help them better protect the communities they serve – including an innovative out-of-state recruitment plan to address an officer shortage at local law enforcement agencies.
State Rep. Mike Mueller today commended the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for awarding a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant that helped attract an expanding automotive supplier to Genesee County.
“Local law enforcement officers need better resources and more financial support to keep our communities safe. That’s why I worked with other former officers in the House to put together an $80 million plan we announced last spring focused on attracting new talent to the profession, developing the skills of existing police officers, funding important services like road patrols and community policing, and offering mental health support.