Michigan State Police to host citizens’ academy

MOUNT PLEASANT — Educating the public and building relationships will be the focus of a Citizens’ Police Academy provided by the Michigan State Police (MSP) next month.

Hosted by the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post, which serves Mecosta, Osceola, Clare and Isabella counties, the academy will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the post, located at 3580 S. Isabella Road, Mount Pleasant. The group will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 20.

The deadline to register for the free eight-week program is Monday, Sept. 23.

Trooper Brian Lucha said the academy will give citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of the MSP, increase their awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community and learn about different patrol and dispatch procedures.

“This will give a more in-depth look at what we do as an agency,” he said.

Now in its fourth year, Lucha said the citizens’ academy also offers a chance for people from all backgrounds in the community to get to know personnel at the Mount Pleasant Post.

“It will give an opportunity for people to meet their local post members,” he said. “It can help create a better relationship with law enforcement.”

Lucha said anyone is invited to attend the academy, from members of the media to government officials, college students to educators, but people should be 18 or older to participate.

Individuals who are interested in attending the academy can call Lucha at (989) 948-0680 for an application. People also can stop by the Mount Pleasant Post or call (989) 773-5951.

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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