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State Police celebrates 100th anniversary 


Michigan State Police Troopers in Port Huron in 1917.

Michigan State Police Troopers in Port Huron in 1917.

Governor declares April 19 as Michigan State Police Day 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) proudly marked a century of service Wednesday, and to commemorate this achievement, Gov. Rick Snyder declared April 19, 2017, as Michigan State Police Day in Michigan.

“The pride and commitment to service that began 100 years ago remains intact today in every member of the Michigan State Police,” said Snyder. “I encourage all Michiganders to join me in recognizing this historic milestone and their 100 years of proud service to the Great Lakes state with excellence, integrity and courtesy.”

Troopers with patrol vehicle in Upper Peninsula in 1922.

Troopers with patrol vehicle in Upper Peninsula in 1922.

“While the Michigan State Police has evolved and changed over the years, one thing has always remained the same—at our core, the MSP is a service organization,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “It’s our honor to serve Michigan and we look forward to connecting with you and the communities you call home for the next 100 years.”

The MSP’s roots date back to World War I when the department began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose of domestic security.

On April 19, 1917, Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary. With Col. Roy C. Vandercook as the first commanding officer, this new force consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units totaling 300 men.

On March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peace-time Michigan State Police. When Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 departments, Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the MSP as one of these departments.

A 1930s MSP fingerprint class.

A 1930s MSP fingerprint class.

Today, the MSP is a modern-day, full-service law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction consisting of nearly 3,000 enforcement and civilian members. The MSP provides statewide police investigative services and traffic patrol, forensic science services, criminal justice records management and state homeland security and emergency management services.

Below are a few interesting facts that show how much things have changed in the last 100 years.

Then: Horses were the main mode of transportation for troopers in 1917 and the department’s entire motor fleet consisted of four unmarked staff cars, two supply trucks and an armored truck.

Now: The MSP fleet contains over 2,220 vehicles today with a variety of makes, models and purposes. Today’s fleet also includes dive boats, helicopters and motorcycles.

Then: Two-man mounted detachments rode daily patrols of 15 to 35 miles, returning to their barracks each night.

Now: Today, troopers on average drive over 125 miles during their daily patrol.

Then: In 1917, troopers wore a khaki and forest green uniform consisting of military tunics with breeches, leather puttees, and either a Campaign-style hat or a Stetson.

Now: Today, troopers wear a dark blue and grey uniform that became the standard in 1961, along with a Campaign-style hat that was recently added in recognition of the department’s 100th Anniversary.

Then: In 1917, lacking any other means of communication, troopers had to check for telegram messages at the post office of each town they visited.

Now: Today, troopers communicate using smartphones, mobile data computers and 800 MHz radios.

Then: Capt. Ira H. Marmon opened a Bureau of Investigation and Identification at the East Lansing Headquarters in 1919 using a primitive fingerprint records file in an old shoebox that he stored under his barracks cot next to his desk.

Now: Today, fingerprint records are stored in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database, which contains over 3.6 million records.

Then: In 1918, troopers rendered aid in six automobile wrecks.

Now: In 2016, troopers rendered aid in 43,488 traffic crashes.

Then: In 1918, troopers made 2,937 arrests.

Now: In 2016, troopers made 72,695 arrests.

To view historical photos, videos and a copy of the Governor’s full Certificate of Proclamation, visit www.michigan.gov/msp.

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Coffee with a Trooper


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MSP Lakeview Post 100 Year Anniversary Event 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post will be hosting four “Coffee with a Trooper” events to celebrate the department’s 100 years of service.  The events will take place as follows from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.:

  • April 17 – Coffee with a Trooper at the Lakeview Post (10300 Howard City-Edmore Rd.)
  • April 18 – Coffee with a Trooper at the Ionia Detachment (Riverside Correctional – 777 W. Riverside)
  • April 19 – Coffee with a Trooper at the St Louis Detachment (8530 N. Union Rd.)
  • April 20 – Coffee with a Trooper at the Sheridan Office (115 E. Evergreen Rd.)

We will have several patrol cars (including the 100 Year Anniversary car) at each of these events.  We encourage the general public to come out and interact and with post personnel during the “Coffee with a Trooper” events.

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Man charged in murder of infant


14-month-old, Laylah Heether

14-month-old, Laylah Heether

Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown has been charged in the abuse and murder of his 14-month-old stepdaughter Laylah Heether.

Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown has been charged in the abuse and murder of his 14-month-old stepdaughter Laylah Heether.

The Newaygo County Sheriff Office arrested a man last week and charged him with the abuse and murder of a 14 month old girl.

According to police, deputies were called to a suspected child abuse complaint in Big Prairie Township on February 14. A 14-month-old girl was taken by ambulance to the emergency room for apparent head injuries. The girl, Laylah Heether, succumbed to her injuries on February 21 while in the ICU.

The child’s stepfather, Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown, 29, reportedly told police that Laylah’s mother, Breean, was out running errands, and that Laylah fell off the couch while he was in the kitchen.

However, doctors reported that the child’s injuries were consistent with physical and sexual abuse.

Brown was arrested on February 23 by Newaygo County Sheriff detectives and the Michigan State Police. He was arraigned on February 24 on charges of felony murder and first-degree child abuse.

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Newaygo woman dies in crash


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A Newaygo woman was killed last week when she failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by another car.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 7:33 p.m. in Sparta Township. Deborah Dexter, 65, of the City of Newaygo, was driving a 2005 Jeep Cherokee east on 15 Mile, just west of Fruit Ridge, when she failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and was struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling south on Fruit Ridge.

Dexter was pronounced dead at the scene. A toddler in the Jeep, Arabella Milligan, age 2, of Kent City, suffered facial lacerations and was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance.

The driver of the Silverado, Andrew Duffy, 22, of Sparta Township, had facial lacerations, but was not transported to the hospital.

Assisting at the scene was the Sparta Fire Department, Kent City Fire Department, Rockford Ambulance, and Michigan State Police.

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State Police warns of telephone scam


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The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post would like to remind citizens to never provide personal information via email, telephone, and/or social media.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post have received several calls from citizens advising they have received unsolicited calls from unknown subjects advising citizens that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service.  The unknown callers are advising citizens that they have warrants for their arrest and to meet them at specified locations with money or they will be subject to arrest.

The IRS advises if you receive contact of this nature and suspect the caller is not an IRS employee:  1) Ask the caller for their name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.  2)  Call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with legitimate need to contact you. If the person calling you is an IRS employee, call them back. If not, report the incident to the IRS at 1-800-366-4484.

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State Police employees honored for dedication and service 


 

Trooper, Motor Carrier Officer and Civilian of the Year recognized 

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year, Motor Carrier Officer of the Year and Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year awards. They received the awards at a special ceremony in Lansing on January 26.

Trooper of the Year 

Trooper Matthew Kiser

Trooper Matthew Kiser

Trooper Matthew Kiser of the Metro North Post, a 20-year veteran of the department, was named Trooper of the Year.

The Gerstacker Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.

Kiser is a two-time recipient of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, recognized for excelling in looking past the traffic stop to identify serious crimes and close investigations with felony arrests. He is highly regarded by his fellow troopers because of his valuable expertise in narcotics investigations and tactical situations.

“Trooper Kiser’s exemplary work performance, extensive community involvement and leadership skills make him an excellent choice for Trooper of the Year,” said Etue. “We truly thank him for two decades of service with a purpose.”

Kiser has been instrumental in several MSP community initiatives, including Stuff a Blue Goose and Special Olympics Field Day. He also participates in programs at local schools and gives presentations for Families Against Narcotics in Oakland County.

Kiser enlisted with the department in 1996, graduating as a member of the 114th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Metro North Post, he has served at the Sandusky and Detroit posts. Kiser served in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1994.

Motor Carrier Officer of the Year

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe of the Lakeview Post, a 17-year veteran of the department, was named Motor Carrier Officer of the Year.

The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.

“Motor Carrier Officer Priebe is known for his enthusiasm and effectiveness. When he sees a need, he takes action,” said Etue. “His reputation of outstanding work performance, commercial vehicle enforcement knowledge and commitment to service make him an excellent choice for the Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award.”

Priebe took it upon himself to host an annual farmers’ forum after identifying a need to get vital information to farmers in his post area. The first forum had 13 attendees and in just six years it grew to include more than 150 participants.

Priebe displays a positive image while on duty and is also very involved in his community, striving to form new relationships there as well. For example, Priebe connected with a local trucking company, who also leads an organization that builds and delivers bikes to kids, and enlisted fellow co-workers to assemble and deliver bikes before Christmas. He now participates in and attends the delivery every year.

He also makes time to coach a number of youth sports and serve as a referee for an indoor soccer league, and routinely gives presentations for new commercial drivers about what they can expect at weigh stations and during traffic stops.

Priebe enlisted with the MSP in 2001, graduating as a member of the 13th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Lakeview Post, he has served at the Ionia and Newaygo posts. He served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1992.

Civilian of the Year 

Mr. Brian McEachern

Mr. Brian McEachern

Mr. Brian McEachern of the MSP Intelligence Operations Division, a nearly 25-year veteran of the department, has been named Civilian of the Year. McEachern is currently a departmental supervisor at the Negaunee Regional Communication Center.

The MSP Civilian of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

“Mr. McEachern is a true leader and an asset to both our department and his community,” said Etue. “His undying dedication and caring spirit for all he is involved in makes him an obvious choice for the Civilian of the Year Award.”

McEachern’s management style can be seen in the peer-led quality assurance team he developed. His approach has allowed for many improvements and boosted morale among co-workers.

Mentoring holds a special place in his heart because McEachern understands that successful leaders are developed. He enjoys showing co-workers not only how to complete the job, but to be proud doing it.

Outside of work, McEachern leads a youth development program and is deeply committed to his diocese, where he is training to become a permanent deacon. He organized what has become an annual community event to feed several hundred people in need, provides school supplies for children and spends time with the Shriners to get children where they need to go for vital medical treatment.

McEachern started with the department in 1992. He attended an accelerated college program earning a bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University within one year and with the highest distinction—Summa Cum Laude.

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MSP motor carrier officers join forces to fight human trafficking 


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Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers are teaming up with officers from neighboring states to raise awareness of human trafficking Jan. 23 – 27, 2017.

The MSP, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Indiana State Police have once again partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers.

“The goal of this week-long tristate human trafficking initiative is to raise awareness and educate those individuals in positions to observe human trafficking taking place, such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants and truck stop employees,” stated Capt. Michael Krumm, commander of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED). “These individuals are a force multiplier that can act as the eyes and ears of Michigan’s highways.”

Michigan first partnered with TAT in 2015, and has since been recognized as one of three states that have fully implemented their awareness program.

To report trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733. As of Oct. 28, 2016 the NHTRC hotline had received 669 calls and identified 190 possible cases of human trafficking in Michigan.

For more information about TAT, visit http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org.

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MSP Troopers recognized for outstanding patrol and investigative efforts


Troopers that win the Mapes award have the first opportunity to drive the new special edition black and gold patrol cars, painted to resemble the MSP’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

Troopers that win the Mapes award have the first opportunity to drive the new special edition black and gold patrol cars, painted to resemble the MSP’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is pleased to announce that several troopers from the Rockford, Lakeview, and Mount Pleasant MSP Posts are recipients of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award. They were recognized at a ceremony in Lansing on Jan. 11, 2017.

Corporal Mapes, an early pioneer in criminal patrol and investigation, was killed in the line of duty during the prohibition era. The annual award honors the top five percent of troopers in each district for looking “past the traffic stop” to excel in proactive criminal patrol and criminal investigations closed by felony arrests.

The 2017 Col. Sam Mapes Award recipients are:

Trooper Cory Zimmerman

Trooper Cory Zimmerman

Trooper Jim Yeager

Trooper Jim Yeager

Trooper Ben Stadler

Trooper Ben Stadler

Lakeview Post:

Trooper Ben Stadler, with five years at Lakeview

Trooper Jim Yeager, with 23 years at Lakeview

Trooper Cory Zimmerman, with five years at Lakeview.

Mount Pleasant Post: (no photos available)

Trooper Dillard Hayes, at Mount Pleasant 1-1/2 years

Trooper Michael Zeilinger, at Mount Pleasant six years

Trooper Brent Haag, at Mount Pleasant two years

Rockford Post: (no photos available)

Tpr. Chris Boven

Tpr. Jordan Lohman

Tpr. James Luttrull

Tpr. Adam Keasler

Each award recipient receives a special service ribbon to wear on their uniform. It includes seven blue stars in honor of Corporal Mapes, who was the seventh MSP trooper to die in the line of duty.

In addition, top award recipients have the first opportunity to drive special edition black and gold patrol cars, which were recently added to the MSP patrol fleet in honor of the department’s 100th Anniversary. Fifty fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble MSP’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

For more information about the MSP’s 100th Anniversary, visit www.michigan.gov/MSP or follow the conversation on social media using #MSP100.

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MSP seeks information in hit-and-run crash 


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The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is seeking information regarding a suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash that occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2017.

According to police, two pedestrians were struck and injured by a vehicle on Giles Road near the intersection of Peterson Road in Laketon Township, Muskegon County. The vehicle, which fled east on Giles Road from the scene, was described as a red pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet, with the tailgate either down or missing. The crash caused the vehicle’s passenger side mirror to break off and it was left at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this vehicle or the identity of its occupants is asked to call the Rockford Post at 616-866-4411.

Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at www.silentobservermuskegon.com by texting MKGTIP to 274637 or by calling 231-72-CRIME.

 

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Black and Gold Patrol Cars Coming to MSP


 

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Fifty special edition black and gold patrol cars joined the Michigan State Police (MSP) patrol fleet this week in honor of the department’s 100th Anniversary. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

The 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car was one of the department’s first patrol cars and is the oldest vehicle in the department’s historical fleet. This unique patrol car had a siren that ran off of the fan belt and a radio that was “receive only.”

N-MSP-1937-Ford-Model-74The MSP used black and gold patrol cars until 1954 when Commissioner Joseph A. Childs changed the department’s patrol cars from black and gold to the bright shade of blue that remains the standard today.

“These black patrol cars with their distinctive gold striping and 100th Anniversary door shield are a throwback to our past and one of the ways in which we are ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Service’ this year,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Because we are known for our ‘Blue Goose,’ we expect these black patrol cars to turn heads when drivers see them on Michigan roads and at events, providing us with opportunities to talk about our centennial and interact positively with the citizens we serve and protect.”

Each of the MSP’s 30 posts will receive at least one 100th Anniversary patrol car for use on general patrol and at community events.

These patrol cars were purchased as part of the department’s annual fleet replacement so no additional money was expended for them, nor is there an additional cost to purchase a black car versus a blue car.

These 100th Anniversary patrol cars will remain in the department’s fleet until they reach their maximum mileage and must be replaced, like any other patrol car.

For more information about the MSP’s 100th Anniversary, visit www.michigan.gov/MSP or follow the conversation on social media using #MSP100.

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