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ANANICH, POLICE OFFICERS URGE INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC SAFETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CONTACT:
Tom Lenard, Rep. Jim Ananich, 517-373-5719

ANANICH, POLICE OFFICERS URGE INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC SAFETY
Unveil proposal for getting at least 1,000 police officers back on Michigan streets

LANSING - State Representative Jim Ananich (D-Flint) stood with local police officers today to urge support for a proposal that would put at least a thousand more police on the job in Michigan. He outlined details of legislation he is working on to dedicate significant resources to public safety, with an emphasis put on communities with the greatest need.

“Business owners who feel unsafe won’t hire new workers. Students who are scared won’t be able to learn. Genesee County and Michigan won’t be able to move forward until we make a real commitment to public safety,” said Ananich, the only Genesee County lawmaker who currently serves on the Appropriations Committee. “The men and women who answer the call when folks are in trouble are doing the best they can - we just need more of them and we need to give them the resources they deserve.”

The Attorney General recently suggested investing at least $140 million over two years to hire at least 1,000 police officers statewide. Ananich proposes taking that amount and dedicating half of it to be divided among communities that are under financial review or have an emergency financial manager. The plan would also take into consideration areas with higher crime rates and the ratio of police to population. The balance of the funding would be used to increase staffing levels statewide.

“Keeping people safe is our job, but we can only be successful if we have the tools necessary to be effective,” said Terry Neeley, representing the Flint Police Officers Union. “This plan is a step in the right direction and we hope it receives swift consideration in the Legislature.”

Ananich has been in touch with the Administration, Attorney General’s office, and others to urge support for public safety. Governor Snyder is scheduled to give his budget presentation in Lansing tomorrow morning. Last year, Ananich was able to successfully work with the administration, Republicans, and Democrats, to secure enough funding to free up jail space in Genesee County, which allowed for increased State Police efforts.

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