Senate committee approves Hansen’s bill enabling police agencies to recoup costs

LANSING—The state Senate Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday approved a measure that would help law enforcement agencies recover more money to aid in the prosecution of certain crimes.

Senate Bill 729, sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen, would expand the list of criminal offenses for which cost recovery may be ordered by the court.

“Our police agencies must be given the tools necessary to fight crime effectively,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “This measure will allow police agencies to recoup some onerous costs.”

Hansen’s bill would enable law enforcement agencies to recover investigative costs associated with violations or attempted violations of retail fraud—specifically shoplifting.

The legislation also would allow for cost recovery for the arrest and transportation of those who fail to appear for their scheduled court appearance.

Hansen said he introduced the bill after the Fruitport Township Police Department approached him regarding increasing incidents of retail fraud at the Lakes Mall and the many businesses that surround the mall. The department outlined the costs involved in investigating these crimes.

“Retail fraud is a real burden on law enforcement resources,” Hansen said. “Local agencies should be reimbursed these costs.”

Fruitport Township Police Department Detective Lt. Bruce Morningstar testified before committee in support of Hansen’s measure.

SB 729 has been referred to the full Senate for consideration.

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