Governor Whitmer Highlights Record $1 Billion Investment to Fund Police, Fire, First Responders and Courts Across Michigan

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October 21, 2022

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Governor Whitmer Highlights Record $1 Billion Investment to Fund Police, Fire, First Responders and Courts Across Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer highlighted more than $1 billion in total funding to support local law enforcement officers, firefighters and public safety initiatives in communities across the country. status since taking office. In the balanced, bipartisan budget signed by Governor Whitmer in July, she made the biggest one-year investment in public safety in Michigan history.

“We all want to keep our families safe. As a former prosecutor, I am committed to ensuring that state and local law enforcement has the resources and funding they need to protect the safety public,” said Governor Whitmer. “Since taking office, I have worked across the aisle with the legislature and closely with local leaders, law enforcement and community organizations to fundraise for public safety a priority. Together, we have invested over $1 billion in public safety. These investments will continue to reduce crime and help us build stronger, safer communities. Every Michigander deserves to feel safe in their community, and I will work with anyone to build a safer, fairer Michigan where everyone can thrive.

“Our members appreciate Governor Whitmer’s continued support for public safety. She shares our commitment to resources over rhetoric,” said Rob Figurski, president of the Michigan Association of Police Organizations. “We look forward to working with the governor to ensure continued investment in law enforcement to help make Michigan a safer place.”

“We are grateful to Governor Whitmer for her continued support of public safety professionals,” said Matt Sahr, president of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union. “These investments mean first responders have access to more resources to better serve every Michigander.”

Governor Whitmer’s investments in public safety

As a former prosecutor, public safety is a central issue for Governor Whitmer. She has worked closely with local leaders, law enforcement, and community organizations to make sure people feel safe in their neighborhoods. Since taking office, she has signed four balanced, bipartisan budgets, each making record investments to help communities fund local law enforcement and hire more first responders. Investments in public safety include:

  • $100 million to provide state police retirement benefits
  • $58,071,300 for secondary highway patrol
  • $55,086,900 for bonuses for correctional staff during COVID-19
  • $53,300,000 to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for ambulance services
  • $34,470,400 for additional soldiers to attend Soldier Recruit School
  • $33,464,600 for the Safe Cities Partnership
  • $30 million for EMS scholarships
  • $30 million for Public Safety Academy aid programs
  • $20.9 million to build a correctional training academy
  • $15 million for mental health services for frontline public safety workers
  • $15 million to improve electronic communications for correctional staff
  • $12 million for fire equipment equipment grants
  • $10,438,600 for Michigan State Police Bounties During COVID-19
  • $9.2 million for firefighter training grants
  • $8.8 million for radios and communication towers
  • $7,373,700 to support additional officers through the Correctional Officer Recruitment School
  • Deposit of $6 million in Michigan State Police Disaster and Emergency Relief Fund
  • $6 million in law enforcement continuing education grants
  • $5 million for Local First Responder Recruitment and Training Grants
  • $5 million for Michigan Public Safety Communications System towers and equipment
  • $4.5 million for body scanners for correctional officers
  • $4.5 million for the Michigan State Police Professional Development Bureau
  • $3.5 million to support the Retail Organized Crime Unit within the Ministry of the Attorney General
  • $3 million for Michigan State Police training and professional development
  • $3 million for training and equipping narcotics teams and task forces
  • $2.7 million for MCOLES certification fees
  • $2.5 million to improve facilities for correctional staff
  • $2 million for First Responder Communications Network
  • $1.8 million for maritime patrol grants
  • $1,427,000 for bonuses for frontline natural resources staff during COVID-19
  • $1,321,000 for Michigan State Police sexual assault prevention and education initiative
  • $1,309,400 for employee wellness programs for correctional staff
  • $1,130,900 to increase capacity to investigate cybercrimes
  • $1 million for equipment to put out forest fires
  • $766,600 for the Michigan State Police dash cam streaming network
  • $500,000 for correctional officer uniforms

school safety

  • $188 million in school safety grants
  • $25 million for school resource officers
  • $15 million for Michigan’s Cross-System Response Model
  • $500,000 for the Michigan State Police Office of School Safety

Military and Veterans Affairs

  • $55 million for National Guard armory upgrades
  • $18,905,000 for the Grayling Training Center
  • $10 million for special maintenance of the National Guard
  • $6.1 million for Selfridge Air Force Base expansion
  • $1,247,200 for Veterans Relief Grants
  • $1.2 million for the Veteran Suicide Prevention Program

Governor Whitmer’s Investments in Criminal Justice

Governor Whitmer also worked across the aisle to enact historic criminal justice reform. She signed bipartisan”Clean slatelegislation to help hundreds of thousands of Michiganders exit the criminal justice system with better job and housing opportunities, allowing them to pursue their full potential. She also launched task forces to combat the pretrial incarceration and juvenile justice and pursued reforms to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the people they serve.

This summer, Governor Whitmer signed her fourth balanced, bipartisan budget that included funding for Jobs Court, a program that provides non-violent, low-level offenders gainful employment with local small business partners. Investments in criminal justice include:

  • $150 million for a statewide court case management system
  • $11 million in competitive grants for community policing
  • $5.8 million for body cameras for state troopers
  • $5 million for employment tribunal
  • $4.5 million in community policing grants
  • $4.2 million for the Pre-Trial Prison and Incarceration Task Force – Law Enforcement Training
  • $1 million for body cameras for conservation officers
  • $923,000 for problem-solving courts
  • $518,400 for the defense of victims
  • $500,000 for Michigan State Police de-escalation training
  • $500,000 for Address Privacy within the Ministry of the Attorney General
  • $500,000 for Police and Community Trust Advocates and Leaders
  • $387,500 for the Elder Abuse Task Force
  • $275,600 for Sentencing Integrity within the Ministry of the Attorney General
  • $150,000 to fight clergy abuse

Total Public Safety Funding

In the balanced, bipartisan budget signed by Governor Whitmer in July, she made the biggest investment in public safety since taking office: $670,315,000. This investment brings total funding for first responders and public safety initiatives under the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration to $1,056,267,100.

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