Budget Cuts Pose Threat To Police Training In Michigan

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) – Michigan’s law enforcement experts say criminal justice will suffer if the state cannot find funding for continued police training.

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards recently announced it won’t accept competitive grant applications, which typically reflect 40 percent of funds provided for overall officer training, for next year. There are published reports that the commission’s budget is being cut due to fewer officers, and in turn, fewer tickets issued and less money for training.

David Harvey, the commission’s executive director, says budget cuts have caused the number of police officers in Michigan to decrease from 22,488 officers in 2001 to 18,522 officers.

Fred Stanton, coordinator of the Wayne County Regional Police Training Center, says failure to properly train an officer can complicate legal issues that head to court.

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