State Rep. Timothy Beson, of Bay City, on Thursday joined seven of his House colleagues to introduce amendments to a budget supplemental plan that would increase support for law enforcement officers and expand community safety.
The Beson amendment would directly provide $10 million in funding for community policing, which could include police ride-alongs and engagement in youth programs at local libraries and schools, among others.
“Community policing has been shown to positively increase relations between law enforcement agencies and community members,” said Rep. Beson. “With $10 million in funding, we can give Michigan police officers the resources they need to do their jobs well. Greater understanding can come from simply getting to know one another better. We will be better off with a community that supports law enforcement, and police officers who continue to support the community.”
The comprehensive plan includes $80 million in funding and important policy changes. To begin supporting some of the programs as quickly as possible, the parts of the plan that include a budget component were added to a supplemental budget bill approved by the House on Thursday. Other statutory changes, including future reforms still being developed, will be introduced and discussed in committee in the near future.
More details about the plan are available here.
Allyson Kemp of Unionville, the 2021 Michigan Sugar Queen; Makenna Karst of Frankenmuth, an attendant on the Queen’s Court; state Rep. Timmy Beson of Bangor Township; and Raven Wieland of Pinconning, an attendant on the Queen’s Court, stand at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Rep. Beson talks about House passage this week of House Bills 5404 and 5405, creating the Student Opportunity Scholarship program, which would provide resources to support the education of K-12 students.
The Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved state Rep. Timmy Beson’s plan to rename a Bay County bridge in honor of Sgt. Kristopher Gould, who was killed in the line of duty in the U.S. Army.