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Mich. GOP Gov Candidate Reveals $1 Billion Plan to Help Police

'We feel it is our top issue, because if we cannot keep our communities safe, we can't keep people here...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Tudor Dixon, GOP nominee for Michigan governor, has announced a proposal to invest in ranks of police officers and other emergency personnel in the state.

According to Just the News, the $1-billion plan would span four years and would focus on recruiting and retaining 12,500 police officers and other emergency response workers.

Her plan was announced at the Grand Rapids police department headquarters, eight weeks before the midterm elections where she will be challenging incumbent far-leftist Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

“If we cannot keep our communities safe, we cannot keep people here,” Dixon said about getting more public safety personnel and granting them better training.

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$700 million of the money is allocated to support, training, work-study programs and other incentives to recruit police officers, ambulance workers and firefighters from other states.

About a quarter of a million dollars would be going towards equipment, training and mental health services.

The plan also designates $50 million to “eliminate backlogs and bring justice to victims of violent crime by providing additional resources to locate and lock up the violent offenders and rapists that threaten our communities,” Dixon said.

Dixon’s goal with the investment in police, provided she gets into office, is to put a stop to what she has called “Whitmer’s violent crime wave.”

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In 2020, Whitmer marched in a Black Lives Matter parade through Lansing, and, according to Dixon, supported the “spirit” of the defund the police movement.

Whitmer has attempted to implement public safety plans, but has failed to come to a consensus with the GOP leaders of the state, coming up with nothing.

Crime is “an extremely important issue for our state,” Dixon said. “We feel it is our top issue, because if we cannot keep our communities safe, we can’t keep people here.”

Michigan crime data has shown a 30% increase in the number of murders between 2017 and 2021, along with a 23% increase in aggravated assaults, Bridge Michigan reported.

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