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    Whitmer proposes $75M to hire more cops, get illegal guns off the streets

    Detroit — With crime up statewide, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Monday announced a $75 million three-pronged program that aims to reduce violence by using emergency COVID-19 funds.

    The proposal, which is subject to legislative approval, would utilize money from the American Rescue Plan to invest in police departments to hire and retain officers; get illegal guns off the street; and provide education and job training.

    “We are working together to address the crime increases we’ve seen across the state and across the country,” Whitmer said at a press conference Monday at the Farwell Recreation Center on Detroit’s east side.

    Whitmer said crime statewide increased by 12% last year.

    “People are scared,” she said. “No one should feel unsafe.”

    The governor said the plan seeks to tackle crime by allocating money to hire more cops and encourage them to live in the communities they serve while providing education and training that will give young people opportunities that will steer them from criminal activity.

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