It was announced on Monday that several law enforcement agencies across the state of Michigan will be rewarded $1 million in grants and funding. A large sum of money was allocated to the Michigan State Police. This grant money was award to their de-escalation program that’s provided through the US Department of Justice’s Community Policing Development De-Escalation Training Program.
In addition to the Michigan State Police, 11 other Michigan law enforcement agencies will be rewarded with an additional $1 million in grant funding. The acquired funds for these de-escalation programs will be utilized to ensure officer’s safety during civilian encounters and to increase overall public safety.
The grant money will help the Michigan State Police in further building on their training of over 2,000 officers. This training will help protect officers and the public; having real life implications and use for law enforcement on the street level. The de-escalation training will help in crime prevention, aid in community policing, and help officers ensure their safety and the public’s.
“At the core of de-escalation is communication. Our troopers and the communities we serve benefit when we improve how we approach and treat each other,” Joe Gasper, Director of the Michigan State Police said.