Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Lt. Patrick Lawrence, commander of the MSP Aviation Unit, was awarded the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Robert L. Cormier Award on Friday, July 17 at the ALEA National Conference in Houston.
The ALEA Robert L. Cormier Award recognizes an individual or individuals whose personal efforts or actions have perpetuated the professionalism and advancement of airborne law enforcement in public service. It acknowledges activities during any period of time, including lifetime achievement.
“The MSP Aviation Unit is an essential service because it provides support to all Michigan law enforcement agencies,” said Etue. “Lieutenant Lawrence is well-deserving of this award. He is an incredible asset to the department and his dedication has made our Aviation Unit stronger and more effective in keeping the citizens of Michigan safe while also increasing officer safety for law enforcement statewide.”
As a 20-year member of the MSP, Lawrence has served in the Aviation Unit for the last 16 years. He is a fixed-wing and rotor-wing instructor. Most recently he is credited with developing the training program for the department’s new tactical flight officer program.
Lawrence played an active role in the department’s purchase and authorization to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System, which established the MSP one of the first police agencies in the nation to successfully obtain statewide flight authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration for law enforcement missions.
Lawrence enlisted with the department in 1994, graduating as a member of the 110th Trooper Recruit School. He was assigned to the Caro Post and transferred to the Aviation Unit in 1999. Lawrence has also served with the Michigan National Guard as a pilot for 30 years.