A package of bills that will improve oversight and training for Michigan’s law enforcement officers sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker was signed into law by Governor Snyder on October 4th.
Public Act 289 of 2016 and accompanying acts will update the statutes governing the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) — the entity responsible for overseeing the licensing and training of more than 19,000 law enforcement officers across Michigan.
Our law enforcement officers go out every day to perform a difficult and dangerous job. This legislation will ensure that officers are held to the highest standards and are properly trained and qualified to protect the public.
MCOLES is currently governed by a variety of statutes and executive orders that have been updated in a piecemeal fashion for many years. The bills will codify the current commission and create clarity and consistency.
The legislation would also allow MCOLES to set minimum standards for reserve officers for the first time.
This package of bills will ensure that our officers receive the best training available, not just initial training at an academy, but continuous training throughout their careers. It improves oversight and accountability, so that when officers do act irresponsibly they can be held accountable.
Schuitmaker has been working for a number of years with MCOLES and other interested parties to advance the legislation. All of the bills will take effect in January.