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All 203 of Michigan's alcohol breath testing devices are back in service amid a fraud investigation of the company that supplies the equipment. The Michigan State Police a criminal investigation last month into contract employees with Intoximeters Inc. and suspended its contract after evidence suggested the company falsified records and misrepresented the devices' accuracy. The Detroit Free Press reports that state police had announced all Datamaster DMT devices had been sidelined until the agency could verify that each was properly calibrated.

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Michigan State Police

  A Michigan State Police trooper has been sentenced to one year in jail for assaulting a female colleague while on duty.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday that 25-year-old Adam Mullin has already served 149 days of his sentence. He also was given three years of probation at his sentencing on Monday.

A jury in October convicted Mullin — who was assigned to the state police post in Caro — of obstruction of justice, obstructing a police officer causing injury, aggravated domestic violence and assault and battery.

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Michigan State Police

Michigan State Police want to invest more than $2 million dollars into technology to livestream patrol car dashboard cameras following a Detroit teenager's death after a state trooper used a stun gun on him.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included the technology upgrade in this year's state budget proposal. It would allow supervisors to monitor pursuits and other incidents in real time.

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Michigan State Police

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, police may be on extra alert to detect for drug-impaired driving. That means an elite group of officers who have received the highest level of drug-detection training may soon be in big demand.

In the state of Michigan, the most highly trained officers as it relates to detection of drug and alcohol impaired driving, are Drug Recognition Experts.

State Trooper Greg Primeau is a DRE. He says DRE’s receive intensive teaching that includes correctly identifying which drugs actual people under arrest have taken.

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Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police will assign more patrols to Michigan roadways to protect drivers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The MSP received a 10-thousand dollar grant to cover the additional staffing.

Captain Thomas Deasy says troopers will focus on pulling over distracted or impaired drivers. He says last year more than three-thousand people in Michigan were involved in crashes where drivers were distracted by their cell phones.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pressing the Michigan State Police about whether racial profiling is a factor in traffic stops. The ACLU says the request comes after complaints from drivers regarding possible profiling of black and Latino motorists along Interstate 94. Those stops involve the agency's Fifth District Hometown Security Team. 

Amid national discussions about the nuclear capabilities of the U.S. and other countries, Michigan police say they have a detailed nuclear attack response plan. The Lansing State Journal reports that Michigan's response to a nuclear attack is detailed in its lengthy Emergency Management Plan. 

A judge has refused to lower a $1 million bond for a former Michigan state trooper charged with murder, calling the request "offensive."

Mark Bessner and his lawyer appeared in court Thursday, a week before a judge determines if there's enough evidence to send him to trial.

Bessner has been in jail since he was charged two weeks ago with second-degree murder.

Bessner is charged in the death of a 15-year-old Detroit boy, who was struck with a Taser.

A former Michigan State Police trooper has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after being shot with the officer's stun gun.

The Wayne County prosecutor planned to hold a news conference Wednesday. Court records show that besides second-degree murder, Mark Bessner is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Fifteen-year-old Damon Grimes died from multiple injuries in the Aug. 26 crash. Bessner resigned as a state trooper shortly after the death.

Michigan police to test for drug-impaired drivers

Nov 28, 2017

Michigan State Police officers are conducting roadside saliva tests on suspected drug-impaired motorists as part of a program spurring questions about the tests' accuracy. State Police Special First Lt. Jim Flegel says that the program uses a portable saliva-testing device that can tell officers if a driver has certain drugs in his system, such as marijuana or opiates.

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