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My Town: Michigan State Police celebrate milestones in Montcalm and Ionia counties
My Town: Michigan State Police celebrate milestones in Montcalm and Ionia counties

LAKEVIEW, Mich. (Michigan State Police)--- As the New Year begins, the Michigan State Police Lakeview post would like to share some of its accomplishments and successes from 2014.  The Lakeview post serves the counties of Montcalm, Gratiot and Ionia.

In 2014, the post welcomed eight troopers, one new sergeant, one motor carrier officer, one motor carrier sergeant and one motor carrier lieutenant.

Additionally, troopers from the post handled 9,245 calls for service; of these reports, 590 were alcohol or drug related.  The post has 1,342 registered sex offenders living in the post area with a 96 percent compliance rate.  There are approximately 11,000 inmates residing in the prisons located in St. Louis, Carson City, and Ionia.  MSP handles all criminal investigations associated with these prisons.

During 2014, two troopers from the Lakeview Post received life-saving awards, two sergeants and four troopers received professional excellence awards, and one trooper was named one of Michigan’s five Child Passenger Safety Technicians of the Year.

As part of the department’s strategic plan, the post implemented a new traffic safety initiative during 2014 called Operation Safety. As part of this initiative, the post performs at least one traffic safety operation each month to address speed, seatbelt use, careless driving, distracted driving, operating while intoxicated, and other areas that impact the local community. 

The MSP is continuing to hire new troopers, motor carrier officers and state property security officers. The department’s recruiting campaign, ‘ENFORCE, INVESTIGATE and SERVE,’ is aimed at attracting candidates interested in a career with the MSP. The recruiting campaign highlights the training and qualities every recruit must possess in order to enforce, investigate and serve as an enforcement member of the MSP.  Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

The MSP is committed to providing ‘Service With A Purpose’ to communities statewide. For non-emergency MSP service 24/7, call 1-800-525-5555. Connect with us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MichStatePolice or visit our website at www.Michigan.gov/MSP.  You can also sign up to receive our monthly newsletter by visiting http://www.michigan.gov/mspconnect.