Faith in Michigan: Protecting Public Safety, Building Strong Communities


Faith in Michigan: Protecting Public Safety, Building Strong Communities


January 21, 2022

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Faith in Michigan: Protecting Public Safety, Building Strong Communities

Michiganians celebrate why they believe in Michigan in a video series leading up to Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State speech

LANSING, Mich. – Ahead of the governor’s state-of-the-state speech, Governor Whitmer’s team set out to hear from Michiganders across the state why they believe in Michigan. We share their thoughts every day leading up to the address in a video series.

“As a former prosecutor, I am committed to protecting public safety so that together we can build strong, vibrant communities,” he said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I will work with everyone to fight crime, treat every Michigan citizen with dignity and respect, and help families feel safe in their community. Together we can build a fairer Michigan, where every family can thrive, where every child can have a great education, and where every person has a path to a well-paying, high-skill job.”

Meet Jerry Clayton, resident of Ann Arbor and Sherriff of Washtenaw County.

“I want a state government to focus on the areas that contribute to a high quality of life for all Michiganders,” Washtenaw County said sheriff Jerry Clayton. “To help ensure the roads we travel, the water we drink and the air we breathe are safe. Support public health and strengthen the safety net for those living with behavioral health issues in the future by supporting quality education for our children. I want our state government to be our partner and serving leader, with a vision of what can be and the competence and integrity to help make possible what we aspire to and some of the most profound issues around race, poverty To overcome global warming and other critical issues, we must have the commitment and ability to work together.

When asked why he believes in Michigan, Clayton added, “I believe in Michigan because I believe in Michiganians to be resilient, innovative and committed to creating a state where each of us has the opportunity to maximize our potential. To learn, to grow, to achieve and to contribute. What excites me and gives me the greatest hope is our young people. I am always impressed by their intelligence and their rethinking. But most importantly, I’m always impressed and inspired by their commitment to creating a better world.”

Governor Whitmer’s focus on protecting public safety

As a former district attorney, public safety is a key issue for Governor Whitmer. She has worked closely with local leaders, law enforcement officials and community organizations to curb crime and ensure people feel safe whether they are going to work, picking up their children from school, or shopping for groceries.

During her tenure, Governor Whitmer enacted historic criminal justice reform. She signed bipartisan “clean slate” legislation that will help hundreds of thousands of Michiganns get out of the criminal justice system with improved opportunities for jobs and housing, allowing them to reach their full potential. She also established task forces to deal with pre-trial detention and juvenile justice and continued reforms to improve relationships between law enforcement agencies and the people they serve. Whitmer’s notable accomplishments include:

  • Proposed $75 million MI Safe Communities Framework that would use federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to reduce crime and protect families by addressing court backlogs, expanding the resources available to law enforcement, and empowering communities through investment in employment programs, counseling and education.
  • delivery of $40 million COVID hazard payments for local officials and first responders and over $10 million in bounty pay for MSP soldiers.
  • signing Clean slate bills to make hundreds of thousands of Michiganns, including 80,000 Detroiters, eligible to have their records wiped, expand their opportunities for jobs and housing, and invest millions of dollars to help returning citizens wipe them.
  • signing household bills Provided $1.4 billion to local governments to help fund local police, fire and emergency services.

Additional highlights of Whitmer’s efforts to protect public safety and build communities can be found onlinee.

Visit the 2022 State of the State page for videos and more.



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