Executive Directive Aiming to Reduce Crime, Gun Violence Signed by Gov. Whitmer

An executive directive instructing state departments and law enforcement agencies to use federal resources from the bipartisan Safer Communities Act to reduce crime and gun violence in Michigan was signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday.

“…far too many families in Michigan do not feel safe in their neighborhoods because of crime and gun violence,” said Gov. Whitmer. “That is unacceptable—we must stop the violence and hold people accountable. We need to tackle both crime and gun violence simultaneously because they are inextricably linked—nearly 1 in 3 reported violent crimes involve a firearm and in the first six months of this year alone, over 450 Michiganders have died because of gun violence.”

Within 30 days, state departments and law enforcement agencies must “identify a designee to coordinate across state government.”

Michigan State Police must also look into ways to better the state’s process for reporting criminal, mental health and juvenile records to national criminal databases, as well as establish the Community Violence Intervention Office, which will coordinate state and federal grants related to community violence intervention programming.

To read the full executive directive, click here.