2014-02-06 / Community

State police continue mission of ‘service with a purpose’

St. Ignace Post serves Schoolcraft County

ST. IGNACE – The MSP St. Ignace Post continues to focus on providing high quality law enforcement and public safety services throughout Mackinac and Schoolcraft Counties.

“Every day our members are providing ‘Service with a Purpose’ to the communities we serve”, said F/Lt. Joseph Shier, commander of the St. Ignace Post. “We are united around our Strategic Plan, which details for our members and customers the goals and objectives we are working to achieve by 2017.

This plan calls for increasing recruiting, patrol operations, community outreach, crime clearance rates, evidence based policing, and traffic safety initiatives,” he continued.

Some highlights of these goals and objectives include:

Recruiting

•The MSP continues to actively recruit applicants who want to serve the people of the State of Michigan. Every member of the MSP is tasked with recruiting future members of this agency. Interested individuals can learn more at www.michigan.gov/ mspjobs.

•The MSP recruit schools graduated 155 new troopers in 2013; two are stationed at the St. Ignace Post. There are two recruit schools scheduled for 2014, one started in January and one starting in June.

•The MSP is also recruiting for motor carrier officers and capitol security officers.

Lowering Crime Rates

•The MSP St. Ignace Post will continue its active involvement in crime reduction in the counties of Mackinac and Schoolcraft.

•In 2013, the St. Ignace Post achieved the Strategic Plan objective with a 60 percent crime clearance rate. The post currently has a 72 percent crime clearance rate for 2014.

•The MSP Regional Policing Plan, which began in 2011, incorporates the squad concept for policing. Squads consisting of a sergeant and four to six troopers can address crime and traffic issues as a team. Crime “hot spots” are determined through the use of Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. Crime statistics, traffic crash data, and crime mapping are features available to troopers through MSP’s Dashboard. Troopers can utilize DDACTS to impact crime rates by increasing presence and enforcement in high crime areas.

Traffic Safety Initiatives

•Using DDACTS the St. Ignace Post completed four traffic safety initiatives during 2013. Traffic crash ‘hot spots’ included the intersection of M28 and M77, U.S. Highway 2 near St. Ignace, passing lanes along U.S. Hwy 2, and a higher rate of serious injuries and fatalities involving large commercial vehicles. We will continue with additional traffic safety initiatives in 2014.

•Due to our traffic initiative during the summer of 2012 the St. Ignace Post won third place in the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Awards for Excellence in Traffic Safety.

Community Service

•In December of 2013 the St. Ignace Post assigned long time trooper Fred Strich as their Community Service Trooper. The CST is responsible for working with the community on service and safety initiatives including the prevention of school violence.

For additional information contact F/Lt. Joseph Shier, MSP St. Ignace Post, (906) 643-7582.

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