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Public Safety Reform and Mutually Ensured Security

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It is the obligation of any branch of law enforcement to serve and protect its constituent tax payers. As both citizens and students, we believe that these responsibilities have not been fulfilled. We feel these steps are absolutely necessary towards our shared security and the common good: To end the participation of the West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) and their effective involvement in the enforcement of laws listed under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(6) et seq.) in Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and its subsidiary off-campus housing, and that such responsibilities would be enforced by the GVSU Department of Public Safety and Campus Security. The Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program (Byrne Formula Grant Program), BJA, is authorized to award grants for use by states and units of local government to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system—with emphasis on violent crime and serious offenders—and enforce state and local laws that establish offenses similar to those in the federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(6) et seq.). There are approximately two billion dollars in the BJA. The bulk of spending has gone to fund multi-jurisdictional anti-drug task forces. The actions of one such agency, WEMET, got my friend, Derek Copp shot in the chest by an officer at point-blank range while unarmed. We demand to know the quantity of funds from the BJA financing multijurisdictional drug agencies such as WEMET, and put the spending of such funds up to review.


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