Groups Represent Vast Majority of Law Enforcement Officers in Michigan
LANSING — Senator Debbie Stabenow today received the backing from the vast majority Michigan’s law enforcement community, earning the endorsement of the Police Officers Association of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Police Organizations, and the Michigan State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Stabenow was endorsed for her consistent support of law enforcement and her commitment to keeping Michigan families safe. All three law enforcement organizations endorse candidates who have made public safety a priority and have followed through on their promise to support those putting their lives on the line to protect and serve our communities.
Statement from Senator Debbie Stabenow:
“I am very proud to have the support of Michigan’s law enforcement community. Michigan’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our families and our communities. While our officers and local enforcement agencies work on our behalf, we need to ensure they have the equipment and training they need to keep us safe—while staying safe themselves. That’s why I serve on the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus and work to help communities keep officers on the street.”
Statement from Fred Timpner, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Police:
“Senator Stabenow is an important ally of Michigan’s law enforcement community because she knows that without public safety our communities can’t thrive. She is committed to making sure we have what we need to keep our streets safe, and we look forward to working with her this fall to make sure she can continue fighting for us in the United States Senate.”
Statement from Dave Hiller, Past National VP and Legislative Chair, Fraternal Order of Police:
"Debbie has a proven track record of supporting the men and women of law enforcement in the United States Senate. Helping us protect the citizens of Michigan is what Senator Stabenow is all about and we’re honored to fight to make sure she can keep making sure that Michigan’s townships and cities, villages and counties have what they need to flourish."
Statement from Kenneth Grabowski, Legislative Director, Police Officers Association of Michigan:
“Senator Stabenow is receiving our endorsement because she is continually striving to protect and improve the safety, working conditions, and economic security of law enforcement officers across the state. We believe it is imperative to support candidates who actively promote these goals and we're excited to be standing behind Senator Stabenow's re-election campaign.”
In addition to serving on the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, Senator Stabenow has fought to ensure that Michigan communities have the resources they need to hire public safety officers. She has been a leader in supporting the COPS Hiring Program, which helps local communities hire and train full-time officers.
As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow works closely with rural communities and U.S.D.A. Rural Development to ensure local law enforcement agencies in small communities throughout Michigan have the equipment they need. She has also been a strong advocate for the Justice Assistance Grant program which provides critical support for things like drug treatment and enforcement, technology, and crime victim and witness initiatives. All of these programs are especially important for communities across Michigan that have been hit hard by budget cuts.
The Police Officers Association of Michigan provides workplace related services to its more than 14,000 members of Michigan’s law enforcement community.
The Michigan Association of Police Organizations includes eight member organizations and represents approximately 67% of the certified police officers in Michigan.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. In Michigan the FOP has a membership of 12,500 active and associate members organized in 70 lodges located throughout the State.