Jones’ police ‘bad behavior’ bill heading to the governor

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to ensure that a police officer’s bad behavior will not be hidden by that officer’s resignation is on its way to becoming law.

The House of Representatives approved the bill on Tuesday, and the Senate is expected to send it to the governor’s desk today.

“Although the overwhelming majority of police officers and sheriff deputies in Michigan are outstanding public servants, it only takes one bad apple to spoil the public’s trust,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This bill will help law enforcement improve community trust by ensuring that bad behavior by officers is not tolerated.

“I want to thank my colleagues for approving this important legislation, and I look forward to seeing the governor sign it.”

Senate Bill 223 would require 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 bill would 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.