Governor joins law enforcement and community leaders for public safety roundtable

From left, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson at the round-table discussion. Photo provided

From left, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson at the round-table discussion. Photo provided

FLINT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led a roundtable discussion in Flint Aug. 4 with local and state law enforcement officials, community leaders, and elected officials to address public safety and put Michigan’s safety first.

“Every Michigander should feel safe living in their communities, whether they’re going to work, picking up their kids from school, grabbing groceries, or simply taking a walk around the block,” said Governor Whitmer. “As we work to put Michigan’s safety first. I am eager to work with local leaders and law enforcement professionals in Flint and across the state to protect public safety.”

Recently, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 27 to boost public safety and allocated $2.7 million in federal funding to the Secondary Road Patrol Program, which provides grants to county sheriff’s departments for the patrol of secondary roads.

She also sent a letter last month to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland urging support for Michigan State Police’s (MSP) application for federal grant funding through the United States Department of Justice’s Community Policing Development De-Escalation Training Program to put safety first for our troopers and the communities they serve.

Whitmer has supported $1.4 billion in her budget recommendation for local governments which supports police, fire, and public safety, and created incentive programs to help communities hire and retain officers who live where they work.

She allocated more than $40 million in COVID hazard pay for local officers and first responders. Whitmer also raised MSP budget and hired more MSP troopers, and provided $10.4 million in premium pay for MSP for exemplary service during COVID-19.

“I thank Governor Whitmer for coming to Flint to hear directly from community leaders about ways we can promote public safety. In Congress, I’m working to ensure our local law enforcement officials and community partners have the resources they need to address crime and violence,” said Congressman Dan Kildee (MI- 05). “The American Rescue Plan, passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Biden, provides almost $2 billion to communities across Michigan to support law enforcement and support community-led violence intervention programs. I will continue working with the Governor and local leaders to reduce gun violence and violent crime.”

“I am grateful to Governor Whitmer for taking steps to address the issue of rising crime,” said Genesee County Board of Commissioner Chair Mark Young. “I am dedicated to working together with our partners on the state, county, and local levels of government to improve public safety together.”