Law Enforcement Reacts to New Laws Targeting False Police Reports

New laws are targeting people who falsely report crimes to police.

Governor Snyder signed three bills this week designed to help emergency responders collect money from people who make these false reports of crimes or medical emergencies.

The Isabella County Sheriff supports the new laws. He says while the county does not experience many false reports when it does happen the response costs a substantial amount of money. It also takes away resources from people with actual emergencies.

One law would strengthen sentencing guidelines for people who file false reports.

Police say the laws will encourage judges to provide restitution.

9 and 10's Kyle Mitchell and photojournalist Joel Deaner have more on the new laws.