Michigan State Police open doors to the public in Negaunee

Some of the emergency personnel that responded to a Negaunee car crash heard about it during the Michigan State Police’s Open House at the Negaunee Post, offering a firsthand look of how quickly troopers have to act.

The annual Open House invited the community inside the post – to check everything out. Police say it’s important for residents to know who they are, what they do and the resources they have to do it with.

“It enables the community to come in and meet us, to put a face with the name and ask any questions they may have. We have a lot of different resources here, to talk to people if they have any questions. It’s a good opportunity away from an emergency situation to get to know us,” said Lt. Robert Pernaski, Negaunee Post Commander.

Along with cake and balloons, those in attendance were able to test out equipment and interact with the officers, some of whom consider heroes. .

“I think they’re cool because they get to pull over people and arrest them,” remarked 10-year-old Bode Bonovetz. I probably liked the suit best because it was fun putting it on. It was kind of too big on me, but it would be cool to go out into the woods and track down people in that.”

Officers even gave personalized tours of the facility.

The Marquette County Crime Scene Unit Mobile Van was on hand along with the Marquette County Search and Rescue, the dive team, the American Red Cross and the Emergency Operations Center.