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Law Enforcement Training SB 945 Passes Senate Unanimously

Earlier this week, Senate Bill 945, introduced by Sen. Jeff Irwin, passed unanimously through the Michigan Senate. The Bill would require that by Sept. 1, 2021, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards would be required to establish minimum training standards for all incoming and existing law enforcement officers, including de-escalation techniques, implicit bias training, procedural justice training, and mental health resources for law enforcement officers.

The Chamber believes this is a good first step to help law enforcement with their important and complex work and will continue to support this bill as it heads to the Michigan House of Representatives next week. However, more will need to be done across public, private, and civic sectors to improve our law enforcement system. This will include state financial resources for jurisdictions to have the funds needed to execute the programs outlined in the Bill aimed at immediate and long-term impacts.

An Open Letter From Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah
This week, Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah penned to Chamber stakeholders, “The Unfinished Work to Form a More Perfect Union,” addressing the explosion of frustration over the racial division that still sadly plagues our nation.

“We don’t have all of the answers at the Detroit Regional Chamber. But we are committed to being part of the solution, even if it makes us uncomfortable at times. As an organization that has championed civility in our public discourse, we hope our platform can be helpful in making progress in a respectful manner.” 

Read the full letter.