82 Michigan State Police troopers graduate in Lansing
LANSING (WJRT) -
(05/30/14) - It is graduation day for Michigan's newest state police troopers.
Eighty-two men and women took their oath and then walked across the state to get their badges. They start at their posts on Monday.
With these new 82 troopers, there have been about 350 now added in the last three years. The state isn't stopping there. "Our orientation for the next school starts Sunday. We hope to graduate, we're going to start, about 90 recruits and we're very fortunate," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director.
Mid-Michigan will see 26 new troopers of the 82 troopers. That's eight in Flint, four each at the Tri-City, Caro, West Branch and Mt. Pleasant posts and two for Lapeer.
Gov. Rick Snyder committed to putting extra people in the state's most violent cities - Flint and Saginaw included.
He says what they're doing is working.
"We've got a great partnership going with local law enforcement and Michigan State Police. In Flint, violent crime is down 30 percent last year and in Saginaw 17 percent and then first quarter to first quarter, over the last year, again, it's double digit decreases. We're making progress," he said.
Trooper Torres McLean is celebrating graduation and a birthday.
"Twenty-seven today," he said.
McLean is from Detroit and headed to Flint.
"I wanted to go to a bigger city that was somewhat similar to Detroit, so I'm happy," he said. "I'm anxious to get there."
Trooper Darrell Wynkoop and trooper Corbin Holt, both from Grand Blanc, are both headed to the Tri-City Post.
"Went and visited the post a couple of weeks ago," Wynkoop said. "The post is outstanding. I'm just looking forward to being out on the road right now."
"I know those cities need a lot of troopers. I'm just really excited to get out there and start helping the community," Holt said.