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State Police Expand CAUTION Program Statewide


 

MSP seeking volunteers for faith-based community policing initiative

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is looking for volunteers to join its CAUTION initiative, which stands for Community Action United Team in Our Neighborhood. CAUTION is a partnership between the MSP and clergy and faith group members of all faiths that works to increase trust and communication between law enforcement and residents. 

The MSP created CAUTION in 2012 at the Flint Post. Since that time, the program has expanded to include faith leaders in Saginaw, Inkster, Muskegon Heights and Benton Harbor, with a total of 103 trained volunteers currently participating in the program. Due to the program’s success, CAUTION is expanding statewide in 2018 to each of MSP’s 30 posts.

CAUTION members meet regularly with post personnel to encourage dialog and information-sharing. They can also be activated to respond alongside law enforcement at crime scenes to ease tensions and provide emotional support to residents. CAUTION members will partner with MSP members at civic events and diversionary events that seek to deter future criminal behavior in their communities. 

The MSP provides various training to CAUTION volunteers, some which includes courses in critical incident defusing/debriefing, security in places of worship, responding with law enforcement in a crisis, avoiding caregiver burnout and clergy’s role at a critical incident scene. There is also an annual statewide CAUTION conference.

Interested individuals can contact their nearest Community Service Trooper (CST) to learn more. 

For the Rockford Post, contact Tpr. Martin Miller at 616-866-4411.

For the Lakeview Post, contact F/Lt. Kevin Sweeney at 989-352-8444.

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State Trooper dies from injuries in motorcycle crash 


Tpr. Timothy O’Neill

It is with the utmost sadness that the Michigan State Police (MSP) confirms that Tpr. Timothy O’Neill of the Rockford Post has passed away as a result of injuries sustained in an on-duty motorcycle crash Wednesday morning, September 20.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the death of one of our own, Tpr. Timothy O’Neill,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “I ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.”

O’Neill was on patrol on his department motorcycle at approximately 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning when he was involved in a crash near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard NE and Belding Road NE in Plainfield Township. No one else was injured, and the crash remains under investigation.

O’Neill, 28 years of age, enlisted with the MSP in January of 2014, graduating as a member of the 126th Trooper Recruit School. He has served at the Rockford Post his entire career.

O’Neill is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister and fiancé. He was set to be married on October 7, 2017.

The MSP wishes to acknowledge our many law enforcement partners and emergency responders who assisted at the scene and who continue to provide support to our department during this difficult time. We also want to thank the staff and medical professionals at Spectrum Health Butterworth for their outstanding care.

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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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