Koski named officer of the year
LANSING – Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue recently announced that former Manistique resident, Detective Sgt. Ronald Koski Jr., has been named Michigan’s American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Koski was nominated by the Rock American Legion for dedication to his country, career and community.
The American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award recognizes a well-rounded Michigan Law Enforcement Officer who has exceeded the duties and requirements expected of their position and who exemplifies the virtues of professionalism and dedication, demonstrating a distinct pattern of community service and personal dedication to societal security and protection.
In Koski’s current position with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, he supervises MSP troopers, as well as local police officers and deputies assigned to the team. On a daily basis, he is responsible for directing and approving all investigations and making decisions during undercover operations that directly affect his officers’ safety. Koski also performs administrative duties, such as case reviews, maintaining equipment and managing team training.
Koski has performed complex drug investigations resulting in the confiscation of large quantities of illegal prescription and nonprescription drugs, weapons and the apprehension of persons involved.
He has also shared his expertise with local officers and recruits by teaching at the Northern Michigan University Regional Police Academy, as well as giving educational presentations to community groups and government entities.
Koski enlisted with the department in 1990, graduating as a member of the 107th Trooper Recruit School. In his 22-year career, Koski has served in positions at the L’Anse, Negaunee and Gladstone posts, as well as Second District Headquarters in Northville.
Prior to joining the MSP, Koski served in the Air Force for five years. Outside of work, he has coached the Mid-Peninsula High School varsity football team, as well as the junior high football team. He is president of the Mid- Peninsula Sports Boosters Club and has been active with the area Little League program for many years.
Koski resides in the U.P. with his wife, Amy, and three sons.