Nofs applauds Marshall, Calhoun County for earning grant to consolidate law enforcement services

LANSING—The city of Marshall and Calhoun County have been awarded $1.3 million from the state’s Competitive Grant Assistance Program for the construction of a consolidated law enforcement center in Marshall, said Sen. Mike Nofs.

“This project has been in the works for many years, and I am thrilled to see it finally come to fruition,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. 

Nofs drafted the original consolidation plan in 1996 while a first lieutenant with the Michigan State Police in Battle Creek.

“It made sense then and it makes even more sense now,” Nofs said. “This collaboration will reduce operating costs and response times for citizens while increasing communication and efficiency among all three law enforcement agencies, all of which is good for taxpayers and bad for criminals.”

The Michigan Department of Treasury announced the grant on Tuesday. The two local units have been awarded up to $1,319,583 to be used toward the building of a $14.1 million Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Center.

“We’re excited about the opportunity this presents for our three agencies and the citizens of Calhoun County,” said Sheriff Matt Saxton. “I want to thank Senator Nofs for his tremendous leadership on this project and the state of Michigan for being a wonderful partner in this process.”

Jim Schwartz, Marshall director of public safety said, “The city of Marshall is excited about this announcement and is looking forward to moving ahead with our local and state partners on this collaborative project.”

The purpose of the grant program is to provide incentive-based grants to stimulate more efficient government and encourage merges, consolidations and cooperation between two or more qualified jurisdictions.