State police budget up for consideration

The Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee for State Police this week approved a $654 million budget that state Rep. Aaron Miller said improves public safety for all Michigan families.
Miller, chair of the panel, said the budget includes funding for a state trooper school that will train 64 men and women to provide law enforcement across the state. The spending plan also includes money for two forensic scientists for the agency. Local governments specifically asked that the forensics positions be a priority.
Miller said the allocation includes a one-time expenditure to fund a sexual assault prevention grant to address the ongoing issue of sexual assaults on Michigan’s college campuses.
One other element of the proposed budget includes funding to hire nine full-time employees to expand the state police cybercrime division.
The budget now goes to the full House Committee on Appropriations for consideration.

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