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Michigan Plan Would Add 1,000 Officers

January 28, 2012  | 

Attorney General Bill Schuette is likely to face resistance from Republican legislative leaders over his plan to use part of this year's $457 million budget surplus to put 1,000 more police officers on the streets, reports the Detroit News.

Schuette was joined by Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee and other law enforcement leaders Wednesday to unveil a crime fighting plan that called for more cops, 25-year minimum sentences for four-time felony offenders, tougher sentences for public officials who commit crimes and other measures.

The state's top law enforcement official said he'd take $70 million for each of the next two years from Michigan's unexpected budget surplus and use it to hire 1,000 police officers.

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Marshal @ 2/15/2012 9:54 AM

I think that this is great. Try to either rehire laid off officers or to a nationwide search and try to recruit experienced officers as well as new recruits. There are a lot of good experienced officers that may consider a department change if they aren't treated like people fresh off the streets. If they are in good standing with their departments and doing good work then go after them and recruit them. Officers work hard to get to where they are at and if they would like to go to another agency why are we punishing them and making them go through the same crap as a rookie? Liability? That's crap and a cop out if I ever heard it. You can still do a check with the agency they are working for and still make them get checked off on all the field training items. There is nothing saying that there is a set time frame for field training, jus that they have to show proficiency in and be checked off on what is contained in the FTO program and that is why there are so many programs that are different in the time frame. So that tells me and should be a clue to many administrators that there isn't a set time frame nor does an officer have to be in FTO for 16 weeks or 14 weeks or 18 weeks. If they are experienced then many things can be gone over and checked off sooner. Like things that are not department or state specific. Money is a major issue now days so quit wasting money on elaborate and un-needed hiring and training practices and start streamlining and honing your hiring practices and field training programs to get the most out of them with the best results. Should the NYPD or LAPD or Detroit or Chicago Chiefs be treated like a rookie if they retire or try for a job in Mayberry or another police department? I think they would be offended by that so why are they ready to offend other experienced offficers?

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