Democratic State Rep. Jeremy Moss earned the endorsement of the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) in his bid for the State Senate.
"Jeremy stood up for us when he was the top-ranking Democrat on the House Local Government Committee and fought to protect the healthcare and the retirement benefits earned by law enforcement," said Kenneth Grabowski, Legislative Director for POAM. "His dedication to police officers across Michigan ensures that we have the support to keep neighborhoods safe. That's exactly who we need fighting for first responders in the State Senate."
Moss has a long public record of working with the Southfield Police Chief and police officers to back community policing measures that reduce crime, and voted for the funding and approval as a City Councilman or provided support as a State Representative for the implementation of the following programs:
- Citizens Police Academies, a 10-week training program for residents to partner with the Police Department to keep the city safe and secure;
- Youth Police Academies, a one-week version of the citizens academy for youth ages 14-18;
- Citizens Advisory Board, a board of academy graduates acting as neighborhood eyes and ears for the Police Department;
- Girls Night Out, a teenage girl self-awareness safety program;
- Police Activities League (PAL), a program to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities;
- Annual Police Open House;
- Mental Health Diversion Program;
- Substance Abuse Diversion Program;
- School Resource Officer Program;
- Hope Not Handcuffs Program, a program to allow individuals struggling with addiction to walk into the police station to coordinate treatment options without fear of consequences;
- Coffee with a Cop, a chance for residents to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in their neighborhood;
- and Shop with a Cop, a Police Department-sponsored holiday shopping spree for underprivileged children or children who have been victims of a violent crime.
As a result of these community policing programs, the city is enjoying its tenth consecutive year of declining crime.
"POAM's endorsement is significant in the 11th Senate District because of the strong partnership we've fostered between families in the district and the police officers who keep them safe," Moss said. "In Lansing, I've been working to restore revenue sharing so our first responders have the resources and training they need, and to protect collective bargaining so they can negotiate for their benefits to provide for their families. I’ll continue that work as a State Senator."
Michigan’s 11th State Senate District includes 11 communities in southern Oakland County. The seat will be open due to term limits.