Whitmer Addresses Police Recruit Class Amid Push to Increase Law Enforcement Funding The governor addressed graduates of the 140th Trooper Recruit School just days after she proposed an additional $50 million in funding for Michigan law enforcement in her 2023 budget.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Governor Gretchen Whitmer was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for the Michigan State Police’s 140th Trooper Recruit School on February 17, 2022.
The governor addressed 50 new Michigan State Troopers as they celebrated the completion of their training, which began back on August 22, 2021.
“I’m so proud of the 50 graduates who join the ranks of the Michigan State Police today,” said Whitmer. “Public service is a noble calling that comes with great responsibility. Every family in every community wants peace of mind that they can go to work, drop their kids off at school and run errands safely. As a former prosecutor, public safety is a core issue for me, and I will keep working with the MSP to reduce crime and keep families safe.”
Just days earlier, the Governor released a budget recommendation advocating for an additional $50 million for law enforcement. The additional funds would be used to recruit new officers and retain veteran ones. The plan also funds increased enforcement of cyber crime, price gouging, and unemployment fraud.
“Today is an exciting day for the Michigan State Police and our 50 new troopers,” Colonel Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police, said of the ceremony. “We are looking to them to continue our tradition of delivering the best in public safety and community services.”