Scrapbook of Troopers Lives

Scrapbook view of the many faces of law enforcement

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford trooper’s work collected in memories Your family photo album likely contains happy pictures of a youngster eating spaghetti for the first time, the school field day, a series of birthdays. For Rockford Michgian State Police Trooper Carol Meyer, her family is a different type and her pictures aren’t of children going to their first day of school. Meyer said law enforcement is a career like no other, and in 22 years at her job, she has books of experience and stories to tell. Meyer has been collecting pictures of her law enforcement “family” for years, and compiles an ongoing series of photo albums to commemorate her work and those of her colleagues on the force. “I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she stated, showing off her books. Meyer allowed the Squire an “insider’s look” at her law enforcement life. Meyer said the Michigan State Police allows officers to do different jobs throughout the years. She’s has been on the drug team, leaning out of open helicopter doors to search for hidden patches of marijuana in crop fields in Operation Hemp. She has trained on how to legally ram a car to disable it during a high-speed chase, and has a close friend who is a D/Sgt. that supervises the Kent Metro Cold Case Team.   “It is very much a family,” she said of the profession. “We mostlydon’t spend time with friends who aren’t officers, we spend time with other troopers and their wives and families.”   Meyer is still in a minority group as a female in a male-dominated profession. “They treat us well. Whatever the guys have to do, we have to do, too. We wouldn’t want it any other way,” Meyer said. She believes law enforcement is a fine career for a woman as well as a man, and here in Rockford she is one of four female troopers. Her friend who supervises the cold case team is also a female officer. Currently, Meyer is a court officer. “When they [other troopers] arrest someone, I take if from there,” she said. “I get the subpoenas, see the judges, and take care of the warrants. Once the court stuff is done, I get to play.” By “play,” she means […]