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Some state lawmakers want to make it harder for law enforcement to take property involved in a suspected crime.  A committee plans to work on the bills after spring break.


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Law enforcement and school officials say they have a plan to save children’s lives.  They unveiled a proposal Thursday that calls for $120 million from the state to make Michigan schools safer.


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Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity.  State law allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime.


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Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.  From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, they are trying to recover many millions of dollars in costs related to the opioid crisis


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The Trump administration will lift a ban on the military giving some surplus equipment to police departments, and some members of Michigan law enforcement are welcoming the change.


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Law enforcement and pharmacists are working together to curb methamphetamine production in the state.


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Efforts to build a state law enforcement memorial has received a boost. 

Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Prior to the November general election racial tensions were running on high around the country and in Washtenaw County.  Post-election tensions have only increased with incidents of ethnic and racial intimidation growing in numbers.  In this conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Sheriff Clayton discusses ongoing community engagement efforts and the need for more. 


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On July 21st, WEMU partnered with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and 12th District congressional representative Debbie Dingell for a public conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and the area's minority community. With over 500-people in attendance, not all questions were answered, but the panelists agreed to answer those in writing. 

WEMU held a Town Hall panel discussion on policing in our community, Thursday evening at the EMU Student Center. Led by 12th District US Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, WEMU will moderate a community forum to discuss the important issues facing our residents and first responders. If you did not get the opportunity for you to add your voice to the conversation, ask questions, and raise concerns, and to focus on how we can all work together to stop the violence at studio@wemu.org 

Wayne County
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Michigan’s largest county has formed a special unit focused on solving and prosecuting crimes against LGBT people. 


Washtenaw County Sheriff Department

It's been a volatile week of citizen and police shootings that impacts everyone on all levels.

Locally, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton sent a message to his deputies and employees of the sheriff's department telling them they must remain vigilant and committed to a strong partnership between law enforcement and the community.

Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton
Courtesy Washtenaw County Sheriff Department

Deputies with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office have begun Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT, to learn how to better de-escalate confrontations with civilians.