Theis hosts law enforcement roundtable

LANSING, Mich. — Numerous state and local law enforcement officials joined state Sen. Lana Theis on Monday for a roundtable discussion at Cleary University to talk about issues and challenges facing the profession.

“Law enforcement officials, on every level, play an important role in our communities,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “Here in the 22nd state Senate District, LEOs dedicate their lives to ensure the safety of the approximately 300,000 residents living in Livingston and Washtenaw counties. I deeply appreciate their service and the participation of eight of our local departments at today’s roundtable.”

Members of local law enforcement who participated in the roundtable included:

  • City of Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth;
  • Fowlerville Police Department Chief John Tyler;
  • Green Oak Township Police Department Chief Jason Pless;
  • Hamburg Township Police Chief Richard Duffany;
  • Howell Police Department Chief George Basar;
  • Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy;
  • Northfield Township Police Lieutenant Martin Smith; and
  • Michigan State Police Brighton Post Commander Lieutenant Joel Allen.

“I enjoyed hearing their unique perspectives about the new and existing challenges they face and the issues that are important to them,” Theis said. “We covered several topics, from dealing with drugs, including opioid and Narcan abuse, to challenges with individuals with mental health issues, and ongoing staffing and training concerns.”

Michigan has roughly 17,000 full-time uniformed law enforcement officers who work for more than 600 state, county and local departments.

The meeting was part of an ongoing series of roundtable discussions Theis is holding throughout the 22nd Senate District.


Photo caption 1: Sen. Lana Theis stands with members of local law enforcement agencies after a roundtable discussion at Cleary University on Monday, Sept. 30.

Photo caption 2: Sen. Lana Theis listens as members of local law enforcement agencies participate in a roundtable discussion at Cleary University on Monday, Sept. 30.