Department of State Police
The Michigan State Police (MSP) delivers law enforcement services throughout the state. The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 recommends total ongoing funding of $609.8 million, of which $369.8 million is general fund. In addition, one-time funding of $3.7 million is recommended. The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 recommends total funding of $616 million, of which $375.9 million is general fund.
Highlights of Governor’s Budget Recommendation
• The governor’s budget supports core programs of the department, including road patrol and motor carrier enforcement, investigative services, emergency management and homeland security, forensic sciences, secondary road patrol grant funding, and funding for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.
• The Secure Cities Partnership has reduced violent crime in Detroit by 20.2 percent, Flint by 28.1 percent, Pontiac by 28.3 percent and Saginaw by 26.7 percent since 2011. The fiscal year 2016 budget recommendation builds on this effective program and includes $7.7 million general fund for a trooper recruit school anticipated to graduate 75 troopers. These additional troopers will continue the governor’s focus on improving public safety and reducing crime. The overall trooper strength is anticipated to reach 1,171 by the end of 2016, a level not seen since 2002.
• The Executive Recommendation includes $1.7 million general fund for laboratory staff to support recently enacted legislation (P.A. 227 of 2014) which mandates the collection, submission, and timely testing of all criminal sexual assault kits. This funding will support 9 additional lab scientists and 2 support staff to timely test the anticipated increase in sexual assault kits.
• To enhance the department’s ability to protect motorists and the state’s roadway infrastructure, the governor recommends $1.1 million ongoing general fund for a motor carrier officer recruit school in fiscal year 2016 to graduate 10 officers, bringing the number of motor carrier officers to 158, the highest level since 2007. These additional officers will monitor commercial vehicle traffic for compliance with size, weight and safety requirements, while also focusing on reducing criminal activity including cargo theft and narcotics trafficking.
• The governor’s recommendation includes one-time funding of $500,000 general fund to enhance efforts to prevent sexual assaults on higher education campuses in Michigan. The sexual assault prevention and education initiative will provide a system wide approach to develop comprehensive prevention best practices, assessment strategies, and effective response efforts.
• The Executive Budget recommendation includes budget savings of $4.5 million general fund for the Michigan State Police that are due to technical adjustments to reflect changes in the size of a planned fiscal year 2015 motor carrier officer school, position vacancies and rent savings.