LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) is conducting a series of community forums and is conducting a community engagement survey to gather input from all Michigan residents on how to strengthen public trust, confidence and community relations between law enforcement and community members throughout Michigan.
MCOLES is the state agency that sets standards for the law enforcement profession in Michigan, including recruiting, training, and professional licensing (www.michigan.gov/MCOLES). On October 4, 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder issued Executive Directive 2016-2, directing MCOLES to undertake a study and produce a report by May 1, 2017 with a set of recommendations on how best to build a foundation of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
MCOLES cannot do this without input from residents. In addition to the public forums, MCOLES has made a community engagement survey available to everyone online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ExeDir2016-2. There also are Spanish and Arabic translations of the survey available online at http://www.michigan.gov/MCOLES/0,4607,7-229-78818---,00.html
Since the survey opened January 10, 2017 nearly 4,900 Michigan residents have completed the survey, sharing both positive and negative perceptions and interactions with Michigan law enforcement.
"With more than 9 million residents in Michigan, we have many more opinions to collect so I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and complete the survey," Gov. Snyder said. "It is vital that MCOLES receive input from residents from across the state and from all communities to ensure they receive a good cross-section of experiences and opinions."