Culture, lack of training impede police-community trust, officials say

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LANSING — Lack of training funds and outdated cultures in smaller departments are among the factors interfering with improved police-community relations in Michigan, state officials say. Michigan is turning out better police recruits than ever, but many are moving into departments that are still ruled by old-fashioned cultures, said Matt Wesaw, executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. “We’re training today the best police officer that we’ve ever trained,” said Wesaw, a retired State Police trooper. “I don’t care what academy you go to, we are training the best police officers.”

New police officers typically receive training on how to interact with people of different cultures and counteract their own unconscious biases, Wesaw said. Michigan police officers must complete nearly 600 hours of training, and state troopers need 1,000 hours, said Michigan State Police Public Affairs Director Shanon Banner.

Aspiring troopers undergo training rigors

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LANSING – Trooper Andrew Adamczyk wants to have an impact on the 100-plus men and women who are undergoing an intensive 22-week program that includes instruction in firearms, driving and patrol. “I wanted to come back and pass along my experiences and everything I have to offer to future recruits and be a part of the Michigan State Police tradition. To build to department is very rewarding,” said Adamczyk, who teaches patrol techniques, report writing and water safety. Adamczyk is an instructor at the State Police’s 124th recruit school. The class as 93 men, 11 women and 26 military veterans.