Sixty-two new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers reported for their first day of work at MSP posts across the state today, following their graduation from the 128th Trooper Recruit School. “I commend these new troopers for their hard work and dedication in proving they have what it takes to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police,” stated graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. “We wish them safe and rewarding careers as they stand on the front lines to serve and protect the citizens of our great state.” In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “As you accept the honor of becoming troopers, I expect you to do what’s right, to do your best and to treat others the way you want to be treated. In everything you do, I ask that you provide ‘Service With a Purpose,’ giving your attention to those who choose to break the law, as well as our law-abiding citizens.” Tpr. Derek Miller, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and received the Outstanding Performance Award, spoke on behalf of the graduating class at Friday’s ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Robert McLean who received the Team Building Award, Tpr. Thomas Markey who received the Marksmanship Award and Tpr. Chad Conquergood who received the Academic Achievement Award. The 128th Trooper Recruit School began on March 1, when 85 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 21 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview. As part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in community outreach projects with the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing and Potter Park Zoo. The MSP is actively recruiting; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply. The next trooper recruit school is anticipated to begin in June 2016. There are currently 1,028 troopers assigned statewide.
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National Night Out is next Tuesday, August 7 Join your local law enforcement, neighbors and more as the Rockford Police, Rockford Fire, Kent County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police participate in National Night Out Tuesday, August 7 in downtown Rockford from 6 to 8 p.m. According to organizer Officer Aaron Sawyer, the event is not only a fun celebration, but also informative. “Lock your car doors, close your garage at night, leave outdoor lights on,” Sawyer said of simple practices that make a huge difference in preventing crime. Other crime prevention material and giveaways will be available during the two-hour event which is a nationwide initiative. Here, it is held at Maple and Main streets in the parking lot formerly occupied by Northland Pontiac (just west of the Rockford fire garage), downtown Rockford. Rockford’s National Night Out, in its eighth year, always draws crowds of hundreds who can walk from booth to booth under a big tent, visit with our local K-9 Michigan State Police trooper and his dog, throw a ball to try and dunk a Rockford police officer in the dunk tank, and enjoy a meal of hot dogs fired up by our Rockford firefighters (free or by donation with funds going to the Rockford Firefighter Association). If weather is hot as it has been recently, the fire department’s truck on site spraying water to walk or run through will be greatly appreciated. In addition to the Michigan State Police K-9, there will be at least one Michigan State Police motorcycle to admire, and the troopers who drive them can answer questions. Sawyer said events at National Night Out include bicycle helmet fitting, bike registration, face painting, games, a chance to see a Kent County Sheriff Marine Patrol boat and more, making the celebration interesting for all ages. Rockford police began organizing the local National Night Out event along with a host of other community policing programs, such as the Rockford Area Triathlon, Shop with a Cop and Youth Night, as ways to interact with the public in fun settings. The Rockford school district is also one of the last to continue to have a D.A.R.E. program, which here is also organized by a Rockford police officer. With music, plenty to […]
Dunk an officer, play in fire hoses National Night out is one celebration you don’t want to miss, coming right up on Tuesday, August 7 around the country from 6 to 8 p.m. Locally, planning is nearly complete for this year’s event, which takes place on Maple and Main streets in the parking lot where Northland Pontiac once stood (west of the Rockford Fire Department garage). All local law enforcement, each of Rockford’s eight Neighborhood Watch organizations, Rockford Ambulance and the representatives from the Helen DeVos Safe Kids will all be present. Nationally the event was started to encourage neighbors turn on their outside lights and go out to celebrate crime prevention. In Rockford, National Night Out is one of a half dozen community policing programs and one of the most inclusive events in proactive crime prevention. Those who come downtown for activities will have the chance to talk with Rockford police officers, firefighters, Kent County sheriff’s deputies, and troopers from the Michigan State Police, including our own Rockford-based K-9 officer with his German shepherd. According to organizer Officer Aaron Sawyer, National Night Out (NNO) is one of a flurry of summer community events in which his department participates. NNO comes on the heels of the Rockford Area Triathlon and the D.A.R.E. golf outing. “It’s a lot of fun,” Sawyer said. Each of the Neighborhood Watch associations will have a table under the big tent and will have either giveaways, games or information about crime prevention. The Rockford Fire Department will have a fire truck on the site, spraying mist for kids—or adults—to run or walk through to cool down. Members of the Rockford Firefighters Association will be manning the grill and handing out hotdogs, pop and chips free of charge. Always a popular offering, the police dunk tank will be set up and children are invited to throw a softball and dunk a Rockford police officer. Hundreds of your neighbors and city officials will be at this celebration as communities across our nation celebrate crime prevention together. An added benefit is the chance to mingle with the men and women who work hard to keep you safe all year around. Sawyer said good relations with law enforcement is a key element in community safety […]
The eighth annual Rockford Kids Triathlon featuring officers from local law enforcement, swimming, running, biking and food will take place Saturday, July 14 starting at Rockford High School. According to organizer Lt. Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police, the event is geared for youngsters up to age 17 with varying lengths of race in which to compete. The cost is $20 to participate and checks should be made out to Rockford Area Kids Triathlon and mailed to or dropped off at 345 Northland Drive, Rockford MI 49341. The idea behind the Triathlon is to both promote health and give officers and children a positive, fun-filled opportunity to interact. The event has been held in Rockford for the last seven years and is always a popular summer event. Officers from the Michigan State Police, Rockford Public Safety Department and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department participate in the running, swimming and biking and hang out with kids during the day-long event. The Corner Bar is donating hot dogs and there will be other refreshments available. Race A is for ages 16-17 and 14-15 and starts with a 9 a.m. swim of 200 yards in the school pool, a six-mile bike ride and a three-mile run. Race B for kids 12-13 begins at 10 a.m. with a 100-yard swim, four-mile bike ride and two-mile run. Race C is for kids 10-11 and begins at 10:30 a.m. with a 100-yard swim, four-mile bike race and two-mile run. At 11 a.m., kids ages 8-9 swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run one mile. At 11:30, kids ages 6-7 swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run one mile. Kids up to age 5 begin at noon with a pool-length swim, a 100-yard bike ride and 100-yard run. The top three finishers in each age group receive awards. Organizers remind participants to check to be sure bikes are in good working order and do require helmets to be worn during the biking portion of the event. “This event is for all children,” said Sweeney. “With good sportsmanship, everyone wins.” Proceeds benefit D.A.R.E. and the Michigan State Police Explorers program. Parents and guardians are invited to view the swim event or greet the child after and orient them to the […]
Program pairs police with middle school-age students Play kickball with cops, enjoy pizza and refreshments, Parisi speed school and pool games, win prizes and more. Kids from all around the area, not just Rockford, are invited to have a blast at MVP Sports Club this Friday, Feb. 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the seventh annual Rockford Youth Night. The event is a joint venture between local law enforcement to encourage physical activity and build positive relationships between youngsters and public safety officers. Kids in grades six through eight have a great time in a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free environment, enjoying hours of sports activities or just hanging out. This year, Rockford Public Safety Officer Aaron Sawyer organized Rockford Youth Night, but he is joined the night of the event by other Rockford officers as well as deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police troopers. Sawyer said the evening’s entertainment is a positive experience for the kids as well as an event the law officers look forward to. “It’s always a blast. We have as much fun as the kids,” Sawyer said. Dodgeball is one of the favorite sports, but kids are invited to play basketball, volleyball, swim and enjoy pizza (until 10 p.m.). The cost of the event is $6. The Youth Night is one of several community outreach events in which the Rockford Public Safety officers and other local law enforcement participate. There are also National Night Out, a kids’ triathlon, Shop with a Cop, and other programs designed to provide positive interaction between youngsters and law officers. A past organizer of the Rockford Night Out said that it is important to build good relationships between officers and kids as well as adults in communities. “We want kids up and about,” Sawyer said. For more information about Rockford Youth Night, call the Rockford Department of Public Safety at (616) 866-9557 or see page B2 of this week’s Squire.