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Detroit Police Chief White discusses use of American Rescue Plan funds for police training

Police Chief James White
City of Detroit
Police Chief James White

Detroit’s top cop is spending some time in the nation’s capital. Chief James White spoke at a White House press briefing this afternoon.

White was there to discuss how his department is using $50 million from the American Rescue Plan, saying some of the cash will go to upgrading the city’s training facility.

“Right now, in policing… recruiting is difficult and having a state of the art training facility and recruiting opportunity has been instrumental in what we're trying to accomplish in our city," White said. “One of the most exciting programs that we have is our crisis intervention training and our crisis intervention cards when I took this role, we had crisis intervention officers in three of our precincts happy to say that today as a result of the American rescue plan dollars we're able to put it in six of our precincts.”

Detroit Police plan to use some of the money to bolster the controversial Shot Spotter Technology which is designed to alert police to shootings in the city.

Overall, Detroit is getting more than $850 million in federal ARPA money.