Appointments made to Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced appointments to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

“By bringing more diverse voices together, we can enact important changes to police procedures and build a more equitable state,” said Whitmer. “Having community leaders and the director of the Department of Civil Rights on this commission will help us ensure we’re enacting reforms to ensure everyone, no matter who they are, is treated fairly under the law.”

In June, Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-121 to add four members to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) — the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and three community members appointed by the governor.

The three community members named to the panel are:

• Tellis J. Chapman, of Detroit, pastor at Galilee Baptist Church. Chapman is a board member of National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the director of their pastors’ and ministers’ division.

• Jeffery A. Hawkin Sr., of Flint, pastor and president of Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church and the owner of A & J Janitorial Services. He has experience teaching diversity and cultural training in the community and with local police departments.

• Lisa R. Jackson, of Ypsilanti, is a psychology professor and department chair at Schoolcraft College and chair of the Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission.

Additionally, the governor announced the following appointment to fill a vacancy on the commission:

• Eric P. Payne, of Grand Rapids, the chief of police for the Grand Rapids Police Department.

MCOLES executes its statutory responsibility to promote public safety in Michigan by setting standards for selection, employment, licensing, license revocation, and funding in law enforcement and criminal justice, in both the public and private sectors.

The appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


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