State Sen. Dave Robertson issues statement following Gov. Snyder’s special message on public safety
LANSING— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, on Wednesday issued the following statement following Gov. Rick Snyder’s special message on public safety.
“First off, I would like to thank the governor for coming to Genesee County to deliver this important speech. This proves that he is aware of the problems Michigan is facing and that he serious about fixing them.
“Public safety affects all aspects of our lives, and a strong public safety department will play a crucial role in Michigan’s comeback. People have right to feel safe in their homes and communities, and crimes rates affect the sense of security the citizens have about their community. These rates can also influence business investment and residential development. In order for Michigan to be the great state I know it can be we must improve our public safety.
“Michigan currently has four of the most dangerous cities in America. Making these cities safer must be a priority and Governor Snyder chartered a swift course of action in order to do so. The fiscal year 2013 executive budget called for $15 million to the Michigan State Police for two trooper recruit schools, for a total addition of 180 troopers, to serve as a force multiplier and ensure the department has the staffing to partner with local and federal law enforcement to secure these four cities.
“I am hopeful that these changes paired with the increased road patrols that were allocated in fiscal year 2012 budget will start to move Flint in the right direction.
“The changes proposed by the governor will take everyone working together in order for them to be successful. However, I look forward to the implementation of polices put forth by Governor Snyder and the positive effect they will have on villages, cities and towns across Michigan.”