(Madison) At the Capitol, Republican legislators propose a package of bills they say will help attract and retain law enforcement officers. West Allis Police Chief Pat Mitchell said it’s a complicated issue, but the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer has had a definite impact.
Representative Mark Born said the $25-million-dollar package of incentives and grants would be paid for from federal pandemic relief. He says that they are confident that this is not only a proper use but a smart use of these funds. Born says Wisconsin currently has the fewest law enforcement officers in at least a decade and officer training graduation rates are (quote) “equally troubling.” The Beaver Dam Republican adds that the legislature needs to take action to strengthen the state’s law enforcement agencies and these bills do that.
One possible hitch in the plan though – Democratic Governor Tony Evers determines how those federal funds are allocated.