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The Michigan State Police is getting two million dollars from the federal government

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The state police is getting two million dollars from the feds. Some of that money will go toward paying overtime for testing rape kits. Some of it will help fight a growing methamphetamine problem. And some of it will go toward a new patrol boat for the Port of Sault Ste. Marie.

Nancy Bennett is with the state police.

“This allows us to do things that might be outside of our budget. And it really – they use them as incentives for getting projects started. If you have grant funding and things work really well then the agency is much more likely to incorporate that into their regular operating business.”

One of the grants will be used to fight methamphetamine production and use in the state.

Matt Opsommer is with the Michigan State Police. He said the grant is especially important in southwest Michigan.

“While heroin is, and rightly so, getting a lot of attention nationally as well as here in Michigan – heroin and opioids. We’re also seeing a comeback of sorts of methamphetamine.”

American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says Michigan State Police policy could lead to descrimination

Traffic Stop 1Traffic stop requirements for Michigan State Troopers could lead to racial discrimination. This according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

The organization sent a letter this week to the Michigan State Police asking for an end to the practice.

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A statewide public threat alert system will go into effect this fall

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The state is working to develop criteria for a new public threat alert system.

Governor Snyder signed legislation last month to put the public alert system into effect.

The alert system will work much like Amber Alerts. Continue reading

Gov Snyder orders flags to be lowered in honor of a fallen MSP Trooper

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Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all U.S. flags in the state capitol and all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff September 1 to honor a fallen Michigan State Police Trooper.

Trooper Chad Wolf died from injuries sustained while on duty August 28. He was on his patrol motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle and dragged underneath. Continue reading

Bill to prevent police from unfairly seizing property clears state House

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Michigan would give police less freedom to seize and sell property under bills making their way through the state Legislature.

The state House approved the bills on Thursday with wide bipartisan support. Continue reading

State Police cracking down on seat belt laws this weekend

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The Michigan State Police is working to prevent accidents this holiday weekend. Additional patrols are set to watch highways for speeding, distracted driving, and tailgating. Lieutenant Michael Shaw said troopers are also running a “Click It Or Ticket” enforcement campaign. Continue reading

Senate introduces bill to remove the classification of “policewoman”

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The Michigan State Police may be getting a vocabulary change this summer.

Legislation has been introduced to remove the “policewoman” classification for female officers. Instead, they would be called “troopers,” like their male counterparts. Continue reading