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New order aims to improve trust between police, community

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Improving the trust between police and the community is the goal of a new order signed Tuesday by Governor Rick Snyder.

The 17-page bill comes in light of several deadly police-involved shootings across the country in recent weeks. The new order directs the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards to create a report addressing the issue.

The commission will consider what factors impact the public’s trust, any training requirements that can improve community relations, as well as how police agencies can improve communication.

While Mid-Michigan has not had any major issues, many local police departments are being proactive.

Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson said they are working on a new program that could help unify police and the city.

“It is going to be a mini police academy. Because we are going to go through the same topics we go through as certified police officers do. They will get a cut down version of it,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they are looking for volunteers who might want to be a part of the training.

He also said with police shootings nationally and race tensions high, programs like this and the governors are necessary.

“Definitely needs to continue. So yes, this is something that needs to happen. We have been trying to put it in place for at least six to seven months,” Johnson said.

Many Flint residents also said state and local law enforcement stepping up their game is necessary. 

“We are in a city that is struggling with crime and I think anyone that would like to volunteer and that is qualified to help with our policing issues, I think it is a good idea,” Kathleen Gazall said.

The Commission on Law Enforcement Standards now has until May of 2017 to complete its study and produce a report on public trust in police.

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