Juday hired as newest DPS police officer

OFFICIAL: Big Rapids Department of Public Safety police officer Lorne Juday is sworn in by Big Rapids Clerk Roberta Cline at the Feb. 2 Big Rapids City Commission meeting. Juday studied criminal justice and graduated from the Ferris State University police academy. He's worked for the Cadillac Police Department and Evart Police Departments. (Pioneer photos/Dan Meloy)

OFFICIAL: Big Rapids Department of Public Safety police officer Lorne Juday is sworn in by Big Rapids Clerk Roberta Cline at the Feb. 2 Big Rapids City Commission meeting. Juday studied criminal justice and graduated from the Ferris State University police academy. He’s worked for the Cadillac Police Department and Evart Police Departments. (Pioneer photos/Dan Meloy)

BIG RAPIDS — With this month’s hiring of a new police officer, the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is fully staffed for the first time in three years.

Lorne Juday is the newest officer for DPS, hired on Feb. 2. Juday is originally from Marshall and came to the Big Rapids area to attend Ferris State University. Juday studied criminal justice and graduated from the Ferris State University police academy.

While attending Ferris, Juday worked with the Ferris State Department of Public Safety as a service officer. A police officer for almost three years, Juday has experience working at the Cadillac Police Department and the Evart Police Department.

DPS Director Andrea Nerbonne is excited to have Juday in her department.

“He’s been a police officer in the area and comes highly recommended from the other law enforcement officers he’s worked with,” Nerbonne said. “They’ve told me how fortunate we are to have him and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Working in law enforcement has always been in the cards for Juday, he said.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” Juday said. “Sitting in an office or sitting at a desk never appealed to me. I wanted something that was exciting and where there’s always something different going on.”

IN THE FAMILY: Lorne Juday has his badge pinned on by his grandfather, Darvin Schalk, who is a retired police captain. Traditionally, a family members is selected to pin a police officer's badge on them when they are sworn in and Juday selected his grandpa.

IN THE FAMILY: Lorne Juday has his badge pinned on by his grandfather, Darvin Schalk, who is a retired police captain. Traditionally, a family members is selected to pin a police officer’s badge on them when they are sworn in and Juday selected his grandpa.

Still new to the department, Juday is learning the ropes. His fellow officers have been welcoming and helpful with any questions, Juday said.

One of Juday’s favorite parts of his job is meeting new people and getting involved in the community.

“After I respond to a complaint and take care of the police business, I like taking the extra minute to get to know people, especially in a new area, and build relationships with them,” he said.

After attending Ferris, Juday said he was drawn to staying in the area because of the people he met, as well as recreational possibilities.

“I love hunting, fishing, boating, anything outdoors, you name it, I probably enjoy it,” Juday said. “It’s great that you can drive 15 minutes and be in the middle of nowhere or drive about an hour and be in Grand Rapids. It’s a nice balance.”

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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