Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard has unveiled a 12-point plan for police reforms.
Bouchard says he doesn’t believe policing is broken but does need an upgrade—what he calls “Policing 2.0.—and his recommendations focus on enhanced training, boosting accountability, and weeding out problem candidates before they are hired.
It’s an ice-breaker for law enforcement and legislative leaders because right now Bouchard and others feel law enforcement is not being consulted when reforms are proposed in Lansing or Washington.
“Almost every day we’re seeing legislation being introduced by the far right or the far left without really a connection to the reality of law enforcement,” said Bouchard. “The far right seems to think we’re part of the NSA and the far left wants to disarm us.”
The plan also calls for the legislature to set training and hiring standards and $50 million to fund a police training center. Bouchard also wants to give departments greater access to background information for police applicants including polygraph exams and Internet accounts.