An open house at the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post gave residents a chance to have some hands-on fun while learning a few things.
“We’re celebrating our 95th anniversary, and (this is about) service with a purpose,” post commander Lt. Gregory Cunningham said. “We’re going to open up the State Police and show you what we do in the community, welcome the community to come in and look at our services, our resources.”
The bomb squad sent a van up from Gaylord for the occasion. Motorcycle patrol officers also rode north from the Detroit area and allowed kids to climb onto their bikes.
“Our Emergency Support Team is here,” Lt. Cunningham said. “We’ve got some troopers who work in the schools and teach kids; they’re here. We’ve got different highway safety projects here with a rollover simulator.”
A distracted driving simulator proved a big hit as well. The post invited schools in Delta and Menominee Counties to make field trips.
The open house also serves as a recruiting tool for the next two Trooper Recruit Schools, scheduled in Lansing for next January and next June. “We’re actively looking for troopers,” Lt. Cunningham said. “We need good men and women to come in our agency and to consider us and to come out and check out what we do.”
The Sault Ste. Marie Post will also hold an open house of its own on October 31st.