The Michigan Senate Approves Police ‘Bad Behavior’ Bill
The Michigan Senate approved State Senator Rick Jones' legislation to ensure that a police officer's reason for resignation will not be hidden.
The reason for the bill comes after an officer made an "abusive and improper" arrest back in 2014 but was soon after hired at another sheriff department. The bill will prevent this from happening and allow law enforcement departments to obtain information on the officer's departure. Jones says he thinks it is critical for the community,
“As a former sheriff, I know how important it is for the community to have trust in their local law enforcement officers,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “While the overwhelming majority of our police officers and sheriff deputies are outstanding public servants, it only takes one bad apple to spoil the public’s trust. Building trust in the community starts with ensuring that bad behavior is not tolerated, and that is the purpose of this bill.” - Sen. Rick Jones
The bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.