MacDonald stresses need to recruit, retain good officers

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Thursday outlined his legislation to look for effective ways to increase recruitment and retention of good law enforcement officers in Michigan.

The bill is part of a bipartisan police improvement package introduced in the Senate last week.

“I am very grateful for the dedicated law enforcement officers who serve our state and the people of Macomb County, and I’m proud to have such incredible men and women protecting my family and our community every day,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Most of our police officers are outstanding public servants, and we must do more to recruit and retain good officers here in Macomb and across Michigan.”

Senate Bill 483 would amend the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Act to require the commission to either conduct or contract for a study to identify and analyze the barriers in the recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers.

According to MCOLES data, Michigan has seen a decline of over 3,700 law enforcement officers statewide since 2001.

“We must find solutions that help us attract more officers who meet our high standards of justices and support our current upstanding officers who keep our communities safe,” MacDonald said.