LANSING, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Michigan is among four states chosen by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices to participate in a policy academy focused on developing strategic plans to prevent ideologically-inspired violence.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships is funding the policy academy that will allow teams from Michigan, Colorado, Illinois and Virginia to learn from national experts and peers from other states as they develop their strategic plans.
“Unfortunately, targeted violence continues to be a problem that plagues our nation,” said Snyder. “Being selected for this Policy Academy is an opportunity for Michigan to learn from subject matter experts and build partnerships with participating states as we further enhance our plans to prevent acts of violence driven by ideology.”
Michigan and the other three states will participate in two policy academy meetings, an in-state workshop and a series of conference calls and webinars during implementation of the plans.
“The protection of Michigan residents is our highest priority,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police and State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “This academy will allow us to work collaboratively to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat violent extremism and targeted violence.”
To learn more about the NGA visit www.nga.org.