Editorial: Police Review Should Help Prevent Shootings

Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive as well as a multi-bill package that instructs the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to review and update its standards for police officer conduct.

Editorial: Police Review Should Help Prevent Shootings

October 8, 2016

Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan lawmakers took a proactive step last week to try to improve community relations with law enforcement, even though no high-profile conflicts have arisen here recently.

The governor signed an executive directive as well as a multi-bill package that instructs the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to review and update its standards for police officer conduct.

It’s a forward-thinking move, particularly as the relationships between law enforcement and certain communities and groups throughout the country have become increasingly strained.

A high-profile incident could happen here as easily as in any other state, and it’s smart to have preemptive initiatives.

The executive directive instructs the commission to consider the status of community relationships and what factors might impact the public’s trust of law enforcement. It will hold public events across the state to determine what communities are most at risk for a break-down in relations with the police.

The plan could use more outside review — it will be law enforcement that determines the level of trust and risk in the various communities, and the reasons for bad relations.

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