State Police Stimulus Funds

The State Police are in line for a $6.5 million share of stimulus money.

It should help them hire and train some badly-needed officers.

The money is coming from the Department of Justice’s Rural Law Enforcement Program.

It’ll help the State Police hire 18 officers in all, 15 troopers and 3 sergeants.

Congressman Bart Stupal says Michigan’s Congressional delegation sent the Justice Department a letter in June.

It said the State Police needed extra funding to help prevent planned personnel cuts like the recent layoffs of 100 officers.

The letter said the cuts would stretch the State Police dangerously thin and might affect their ability to respond to calls.

There’s no word yet on whether any of the laid-off officers will be among those hired.