Jones’ bad cop bill signed by governor

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to ensure that a police officer’s bad behavior will not be hidden by that officer’s resignation.

“This new law is about helping improve the public’s trust in law enforcement throughout our state,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “The overwhelming majority of police officers and sheriff deputies in Michigan are great public servants who are dedicated to honorably serving their communities, but it only takes one bad apple to spoil everything.

“Bad behavior by law enforcement officers should never be tolerated, and this new law will help ensure that it is never hidden from prospective new employers.”

Senate Bill 223, now Public Act 128 of 2017, requires a law enforcement agency to maintain a record regarding the reason for and the circumstances surrounding a separation of service from a police department.

The new law will allow a prospective employing law enforcement agency to seek a copy of reasons and circumstances surrounding the separation.

Jones worked on the legislation after learning that an Eaton County sheriff deputy, who was accused of making an “abusive and improper arrest” in 2014, resigned and got a job with another sheriff’s department.