Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Executive Director David L. Harvey recently highlighted new licensing standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers. Prior to the changes to PA 289 in December 2016, Law Enforcement Officers were certified. Now they are licensed and must adhere to the following standards to remain licensed:

• License is revoked if the licensee obtained it by making misrepresentation or fraud.

• License is revoked if the licensee obtained it because another person made a misrepresentation or fraud. (Note: If an agency falsely attests that a candidate has complied with the licensing standards, the officer’s license will be revoked.)

• License is revoked if the licensee is adjudicated as guilty of any offense in any jurisdiction punishable by more than 1 year of imprisonment.

• License is revoked if the licensee is adjudicated as guilty of any of the following Michigan misdemeanors, or their equivalents in any jurisdiction:

1. Second offense of domestic violence.
2. First offense of assaulting an individual without a weapon and inflicting serious injury, without intent to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm.
3. First offense of domestic violence without a weapon and inflicting serious injury, without intent to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm.
4. Stalking.
5. Unauthorized possession of hallucinogens or Schedule 5 drugs.
6. Unauthorized use of Schedule 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 drugs, ecstasy, cocaine, or hallucinogens.
7. Second OWI or OWPD within seven years.

(While felony convictions at any time would result in license revocation, there is no retroactivity of this law for officers convicted of misdemeanors.)

• An order of probation for a first-time domestic violence offense is now an adjudication of guilt that may result in revocation for a qualifying offense.

• An order of probation for a first-time controlled substance offense is now an adjudication of guilt that may result in revocation for a qualifying offense.

• An order of probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act is now an adjudication of guilt that may result in revocation for a qualifying offense.

• Where a court delays sentence after a plea establishing guilt is entered, the order delaying sentence is now recognized as an adjudication of guilt that may result in revocation for a qualifying offense.

• In place of an evidentiary hearing, a licensee may now voluntarily relinquish the license by executing an affidavit, without the requirement that the relinquishment be part of a plea agreement.