State Rep. Timmy Beson today testified before the House Committee on Government Operations in support of his plan to make a GED certificate sufficient education to enroll in a police academy.
“Our police need proper training to do their jobs, but aspiring officers should not be hindered by unrelated academic requirements,” said Beson, of Bangor Township. “By giving greater flexibility for new recruits, my plan will let more talented, service-minded people serve their communities as law enforcement officers.”
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) is responsible for licensing law enforcement officers in accordance with state law. The law gives MCOLES some discretion for setting training standards, including police academy admission requirements. Under Beson’s House Bill 5132, MCOLES could not require an enrollee in a pre-service academy to have an education level higher than a GED certificate. Individual departments would still be able to set higher standards than MCOLES for their officers.
HB 5132 remains under consideration by the committee.
Allyson Kemp of Unionville, the 2021 Michigan Sugar Queen; Makenna Karst of Frankenmuth, an attendant on the Queen’s Court; state Rep. Timmy Beson of Bangor Township; and Raven Wieland of Pinconning, an attendant on the Queen’s Court, stand at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Rep. Beson talks about House passage this week of House Bills 5404 and 5405, creating the Student Opportunity Scholarship program, which would provide resources to support the education of K-12 students.
The Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved state Rep. Timmy Beson’s plan to rename a Bay County bridge in honor of Sgt. Kristopher Gould, who was killed in the line of duty in the U.S. Army.