The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (M-COLES) has expanded to include four more seats on its commission to increase diversity and community representation. The expansion is a reaction to citizen protests demanding police reform. Governor Gretchen Whitmer said, “While there is more to do, this is a pivotal time.”
The added seats will be held by the Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and three members who must not have affiliation with a law enforcement agency. The Governor will appoint the members under the advice of the State Senate.
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards is created by law to serve the people of the state of Michigan by ensuring public safety and supporting the criminal justice community.
Colonel Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police, said, “The insight of these new members will provide a necessary outside perspective, and also serve to add another layer of transparency and accountability to policing in Michigan.”
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland