Gov. Snyder: We have the opportunity to be a model for inclusiveness, impartiality and cooperation

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced a comprehensive plan to review the culture of state government across all departments and all levels of employment.

“We all live with the reality of a very divisive national environment, and we can work proactively to address that in Michigan,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “I have long advocated for more civility in politics and in life in general. We have an opportunity for Michigan to be a model in restoring civility and showing people how we can work together, and I intend on taking advantage of that opportunity.

“If there is a problem that can be solved at the state government level, we want to solve it. What we need to solve is a broader issue that has brought up concerns of numerous examples across the state and nation that we can come together to understand and fix.

“We are the best Michigan when we are a diverse Michigan, and I will continue taking actions to ensure all state departments are working to effectively serve all residents in an impartial and inclusive manner.”

Gov. Snyder is taking numerous actions to review, and if necessary, address inclusiveness within all state departments, including:

  • Reviewing and developing cultural awareness and sensitivity training guidelines;
  • Convening a formal group to recommend policies regarding private social media use by state employees, including department directors and others in leadership positions.
  • Implicit bias training in the Cabinet and department leadership teams;
  • Working with MCOLES to require that all police officer training academies in the state instruct their recruits using the U.S. Department of Justice Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) program;
  • Asking the Michigan State Police to expedite community outreach efforts of the Post Community Service Officers by scheduling community conversations statewide throughout the winter of 2018;
  • Requiring a review of MSP trooper recruit practices and standards for admission;
  • Integrating the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) with law enforcement to influence positive change by having increased productive dialogues and improved relationships.

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