For Immediate Release
March 21, 2014
Contact: Greg Moore
LANSING, Mich.— Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill authored by Sen. Mike Nofs that will help law enforcement agencies that choose to share resources to better serve their communities.
The Urban Cooperation Act of 1967 allows such combinations, which are most frequently found in the form of taskforces that focus on a single type of crime.
A 2008 Michigan Supreme Court ruling found that when police agencies combine their resources, a new legal entity is automatically created that does not have the liability protections afforded to regular law enforcement agencies. Public Act 36 of 2014 clarifies that an inter-local agreement does not create a new entity unless that is a specific condition of the agreement.
“This legislation simply removes a legal barrier that has served as a deterrent to inter-local cooperation,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Criminals are becoming more sophisticated every day and the police need all the tools available to successfully protect Michigan residents.”