Budget includes funding for gun violence prevention, school safety and trained unarmed response
LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2023 — The Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veteran Affairs and State Police reported its recommended 2023-24 budget for the Michigan State Police today. The proposed budget total is nearly $900 million. The budget would devote $9 million to a trooper recruit school for training materials, patrol vehicles, trooper outfitting and salaries that projects to graduate 50 troopers. Nearly $2 million would go toward supporting National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) testing locations to help police analyze, gather and share ballistic data.
“This budget provides police with the funding they need to remain fully staffed and prepared to address public safety emergencies while supporting new programs to prevent violence before it happens,” said state Rep. Jason Morgan (D-Ann Arbor), the chair of the subcommittee. “It includes support for innovative approaches to public safety, including trained, unarmed crisis responders to address mental health crises, suicide prevention and intervention, drug intoxication and overdoses, and homelessness assistance.”
Nearly $5 million would go to competitive grants to municipal and county governments for programs to provide trained, unarmed personnel for situations that do not call for an armed response. It would also include $378,700 for Okay2Say, which provides students with a confidential mechanism for reporting criminal activities and potential harm that could be directed at students, school employees or physical infrastructure.