Michigan Department of Civil Rights Releases Statement on Executive Order expanding the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards

June 12, 2020

LANSING, MI -  The Michigan Civil Rights Commission and Department of Civil Rights are excited that the Governor earlier today issued an Executive Order expanding the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards to add the Department and three members of the public to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). MCOLES’ mission statement is to provide leadership through setting professional standards in education, selection, employment, licensing, license revocation, and funding in law enforcement and criminal justice.

Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, stated, "I commend Governor Whitmer's decision to expand the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards to include representation from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The department's having a seat at the table will help to provide guidance to law enforcement agencies on training related to equity, inclusion and implicit bias."

Mary Engelman, Interim Director, stated, “This opportunity is a critical recognition that the people who are served by law enforcement need to be more involved in their training, including the creation of the standards that guide them and the rules that regulate them. The Department welcomes this new and very important role because good policing is about protecting people’s rights. Governor Whitmer’s action today is a great step towards restoring the public’s confidence that all will be treated fairly, respectfully and equally."

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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