If you are a follower of this blog, you know that I wear another hat besides police chief–I represent the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police as a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards commissioner, appointed by Governors Granholm and then Snyder.
MCOLES is a standards setting, regulatory agency like 49 other states have. It sets the standards for training of the police officer who arrives at your door when you need help. I find it distressing that just at a time when we need it the most, our training has been defunded by the Legislature. Communities count on us to get it right and we count on funding from the state to help us achieve proper training all across the state. Sadly, for the first time ever, there will be no grants to train police, prosecutors and even the defense attorneys who are appointed to represent criminal defendants, an important aspect of our system.
Here is a Detroit News story from today on the topic.