Gov. Whitmer Announces Michigan Police Departments Awarded $1 Million to Support Officers and Public Safety Across the State

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October 11, 2021  

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov 

Gov. Whitmer Announces Michigan Police Departments Awarded $1 Million to Support Officers and Public Safety Across the State

LANSING, Mich. - Building on her MI Safe Communities plan to reduce violent crime, Governor Whitmer today announced that police agencies across the state of Michigan will receive additional funding to boost public safety initiatives. The Michigan State Police (MSP) was awarded a $182,328 grant to support de-escalation training through the United States Department of Justice's (DOJ) Community Policing Development De-Escalation Training Program, which Governor Whitmer advocated for earlier this yearThe governor also announced 11 other local agencies across the state are being awarded a total of $1,025,138, supporting the governor's goal of increasing public safety.  

"I applaud the Department of Justice for investing in Michigan's public safety by awarding our State Police and 11 local agencies across the state over $1 million in grants," said Governor Whitmer. "Michigan's brave troopers and law enforcement officers are at the forefront of the crucial work needed to reduce crime and keep our communities safe. Thanks to this grant, MSP is able to continue its efforts to strengthen de-escalation training to ensure police and community members alike can make it home safe at the end of each day."   

 Last year, Governor Whitmer partnered with law enforcement organizations and community leaders to help strengthen police-community relations 

 "At the core of de-escalation is communication. Our troopers and the communities we serve benefit when we improve how we approach and treat each other," said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. "We're grateful for the grant that will allow us to build upon the training we currently provide to our recruits and move it into the field by implementing a consistent program for all of our nearly 2,100 enforcement members." 

De-escalation training helps ease tensions during police-civilian encounters, ensuring both law enforcement and community members can communicate effectively, securing the safety of everyone involved. Training on de-escalation helps officers maintain security in situations, prevent crime, and advance community policing.  

"The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police is grateful for the efforts of our Governor to restore and provide training funds to our officers so they can better protect their communities," said Chief Robert Stevenson, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police 

View a list of communities receiving public safety grants here:  

Agency  

Project Title 

Award Amount 

City of Big Rapids 

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $75,000.00  

Charter Township of Brownstown 

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $74,335.00  

City of Detroit 

Crisis Intervention Teams - Implementation of CIT  

 $241,768.00  

Village of Dundee 

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $61,120.00  

City of Houghton 

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $37,903.00  

City of Ironwood 

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $21,300.00  

Charter Township of Kalamazoo 

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $74,999.00  

City of Marysville 

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $75,000.00  

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians  

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation  

 $51,205.00  

Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police  

Enhancing Existing Law Enforcement Accreditation Entities 

 $99,760.00  

Michigan Department of State Police  

De-Escalation Law Enforcement Agency Grants  

$182,328.00  

Oakland County 

Microgrants / Community Trust and Legitimacy: Community Trust Project  

 $30,420.00  

Total DOJ Grants 

 

$1,025,138.00

 

To view the letter Governor Whitmer sent to U.S. Attorney General Garland in support of the Michigan State Police De-Escalation Training grant click the link below:    

ยท FINAL De-escalation Training Letter of Support.pdf 

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