Whitmer: State Helping to Hire More Cops on the Streets

MICHIGAN — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that $30 million in grant scholarships are now available to help local law enforcement agencies hire more police officers by providing funding to help cover basic law enforcement training academy costs and recruit salaries for individuals employed by a law enforcement agency and enrolled in an academy session.

“As a former prosecutor, public safety is a top priority, and I will work with anyone to ensure state and local law enforcement agencies have the resources, personnel, and training they need to keep our communities safe,” said Governor Whitmer. “After listening to law enforcement across the state, we are delivering $30 million in funding to help them hire additional officers. This funding is a critical component of our plan to boost investment in public safety across the state. Every Michigander deserves to feel safe while going to the grocery store, dropping their kids off to school, or taking a walk around the block.”

The announcement comes days after MAPO, the Michigan Association of Police Organizations, which represents more than 10,000 police officers endorsed Whitmer for re-election. Dixon, has continued to show support for the ‘Big Lie’ which led to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and left five police officers dead after brutal attacks from those aligned with the ‘Big Lie’ like Tudor Dixon.

“This grant program will help local law enforcement agencies screen, hire and enroll individuals to a basic law enforcement training academy increasing the number of police officers in our state,” said Timothy S. Bourgeois, Executive Director of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). “The availability of these scholarships may allow agencies to recruit and hire police officers who may otherwise not have had the means to pay to attend a law enforcement academy.”


Program highlights include:

  • $30 million in total program funding.
  • Agencies may receive up to 25 scholarships over the course of the program.
  • The grant program will last until September 30, 2026, or until the appropriated funds are expended.
  • The grant does not apply to recruits who are not already hired by an agency prior to academy enrollment.

For more information on the grant program click here.

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