For Immediate Release:
Feb. 7, 2014
Contact: Derek Sova
LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker was presented Thursday with the Legislator of the Year Award for her work on behalf of the law enforcement community and crime victims at their 2014 mid-winter training conference in Grand Rapids.
“It is a privilege to partner with those responsible for keeping our communities safe,” Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, said while addressing the crowd of police chiefs from around the state. “I am proud of the advances we have been able to make in reducing crime and helping victims.”
Throughout her time in the Legislature, Sen. Schuitmaker has been a supporter of law enforcement and an advocate for the rights of crime victims. She was a member of the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking led by the attorney general, which recently released a report about human trafficking in Michigan. The report made recommendations on ways to combat this growing crime and emphasized the need to treat the victims who are rescued.
Schuitmaker has sponsored legislation updating and revising the statutes governing the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, which is responsible for establishing standards for educating, employing and licensing law enforcement officers in the state. She has also been an advocate for providing better treatment to offenders suffering from mental illness.
“Our law enforcement officers have an incredibly demanding and difficult job,” said Schuitmaker. “We need to make sure they have the tools necessary to do it safely and effectively.”